Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a news conference following the extraordinary meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey, December 13, 2017 - REUTERS/Osman Orsal
CAIRO - 9 August 2020: Standing defiant against a newly-signed agreement on the demarcation of maritime borders in the EEZ area between Egypt and Greece, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced on Friday that his country cancelled talks with Greece over Mediterranean gas.
On August 6, 2020, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Greek counterpart, Nikos Dendias, signed an agreement on the demarcation of maritime borders between Egypt and Greece. In a press conference between both ministers, Shoukry affirmed that the new agreement provides new cooperation with Greece.
The deal made the controversial Turkish-Libyan maritime demarcation in the Mediterranean null and valid, according to several Egyptian experts. In November 2019, Turkey and the government of National Accord in Libya, the matter that rejected by Egypt, Greece, Cyprus, and by the Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar.
Cypriot newspaper Financial Mirror quoted diplomatic sources the Egyptian-Greek deal is the first step of a process of filing the issue to the International Maritime Tribunal or the International Criminal Court.