Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias signs Secretary Pompeo's guestbook before their meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on July 17, 2019. [State Department photo by Ron Przysucha/ Public Domain] Via Commons Wikimedia
CAIRO – 10 June 2020: Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will visit Egypt on June 18 to resume negotiations with the Egyptian authorities and sign an agreement establishing the maritime borders between Greece and Egypt.
According to the Italian Agenzia Nova, Dendias announced in statements following signing a maritime borders agreement that he will be heading to Cairo on June 18 to sign another agreement with the Egyptian authorities.
Dendias signed an agreement on maritime borders on June 9 with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio during his visit to Athens, announcing an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) between the two countries.
Dendias described that day as “historical day” during a press conference for the two officials following the signing.
“Today is a historic day,” Dendias said. “It remains our country’s firm pursuit to delimit the maritime zones with all of our neighbors, within the framework of international law,” he added.
“Dendias noted in his statements that the Greek-Italian agreement must have annoyed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,” Nova stated.
Tensions have been taking place between Greece and turkey. This came after Turkey signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Delimitation of the Maritime Jurisdiction Areas in the Mediterranean, and a Memorandum of Understanding on Security and Military Cooperation signed in with Fayez El Saraj in November 2019, which were condemned by Egypt, Cyprus and Greece.
According to a statement released on May 11, 2019, The ministers stressed that the Memorandum of Understanding on the Delimitation of the Maritime Jurisdiction Areas in the Mediterranean, and the Memorandum of Understanding on Security and Military Cooperation signed in November 2019 are respectively in contravention of international law and the UN arms embargo in Libya and that both undermine regional stability.
The ministers also indicated that the Memorandum of Understanding on the delimitation of maritime jurisdictions in the Mediterranean Sea infringes the sovereign rights of Third States, does not comply with the Law of the Sea and cannot produce any legal consequences for Third States.