Egypt, Greece sign agreement to demarcate maritime borders

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Thu, 06 Aug 2020 - 02:13 GMT

FILE - Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias addresses journalists during a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart, July 30, 2019. REUTERS

FILE - Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias addresses journalists during a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart, July 30, 2019. REUTERS

CAIRO – 6 August 2020: Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Greek counterpart, Nikos Dendias, on Thursday signed an agreement on the demarcation of maritime borders between Egypt and Greece, and are set to hold a press conference following their talks in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

 

Shoukry received Dendias to discuss ways to enhance bilateral relations and review issues of mutual concern, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Hafez said.

 

The two ministers held an official session of talks, which is set to have discussed latest updates in Libya and the Eastern Mediterranean region.

 

Dendias last visited Egypt on June 18.

 

Egypt Today to provide further details once the press conference is held.

 

Late in July, Ambassador of Greece to Egypt Nikoaos Garilidis told Al-Ahram Weekly that Egypt and Greece would sign a deal on demarcation of maritime borders in the Mediterranean Sea’s exclusive economic zone (EEC) areas.

 

“We are close, very close,” to a deal,” he was quoted as saying by the newspaper one week earlier.  As per the deal, both countries would start getting benefits from the resources of natural gas in the Mediterranean Sea.

 

In July 2020, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met Dendias, discussing the enhancement of the bilateral relations on all levels, according to a statement from the Egyptian Presidency.

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