Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will travel to Cairo on June 18 to resume talks with Egyptian officials on demarcating maritime boundaries between the two countries. He revealed the plan speaking to ANT1 TV on Tuesday night, just a couple of hours after he signed a historical agreement with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio.
The agreement on maritime boundaries between Greece and Italy established an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) between the two countries and resolved long-standing issues over fishing rights in the Ionian Sea.
The agreement on maritime boundaries is the first Greece signed with a neighboring country and opens the way for further agreements with Albania, Egypt and Cyprus.
An EEZ agreement with Egypt could be “partial.”
Such an agreement with Turkey, though, to which Greece shares seems impossible.
The deal with Italy had naturally irritated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Dendias said adding that “Italy has fully adopted an interpretation of international law as understood by Greece.”
He stressed that “Turkey is alone in insisting on this one-dimensional view that islands have neither a continental shelf nor an EEZ.”