Daily Memo: Egypt and Greece Sign East Med Deal

The agreement to delimit their exclusive economic zones comes after Turkey signed its own deal with Libya in November.

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Making moves in the Mediterranean. Following Turkey’s signing in November of an agreement with Libya’s Government of National Accord to delimit their exclusive economic zones in the Eastern Mediterranean, Egypt and Greece on Thursday signed their own deal to designate their EEZs in the region. Athens and Cairo have insisted that their deal is in keeping with existing international law, after accusing Turkey of violating Greece’s sovereign rights with the Libyan agreement. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, however, rejected the deal, saying on Friday it was “null and void.” He also said that his country had resumed drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean, which it had paused on Germany’s request in order to find a resolution to the dispute over hydrocarbons in the region, and that the Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha drillship had been dispatched to the area. Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which have criticized Turkey’s recent moves in the Mediterranean, have publicly endorsed the Greek-Egyptian deal. Shortly after the agreement’s announcement, Greece’s close ally Cyprus said it would work with France to procure and develop arms, participate in joint military exercises, and license French energy company Total to carry out drilling in seven of 13 exploration zones. Meanwhile, Turkey, Malta […]

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