With two signatures Greece and Egypt formally “buried’ the illegal Turkey-Libya agreement in the Mediterranean Sea.
Greece and Egypt signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in the Fields of Aeronautics and Maritime Search & Rescue in Cairo on Tuesday.
The agreement was signed by Greece’s National Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos and Egypt’s Defence Minister Mohamed Zaki.
Map: “corridor” in the Mediterranean Sea allegedly giving Turkey and Libya maritime jurisdiction based on the internationally illegal agreement.
The signing was attended by Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias and Alternate Foreign Affairs Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis.
In statements after the signing, Dendias said that the agreement aims to save human lives that are in danger at sea through the cooperation of the two countries’ authorities. Furthermore, he underlined that the agreement proves once again that the Mediterranean is not now, or ever was, a barrier between Europe, Asia and Africa. “It is a bridge between the peoples of these three continents,” he added.
Greece and Egypt continue to work together based on this philosophy, he noted, “setting an example to other Mediterranean countries.”
Dendias with Shoukry
FM Dendias also met with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, The two foreign ministers discussed “the long standing Greece-Egypt strategic relations, developments in Eastern Mediterranean, Libya and the Middle East.”
Agreement on 5,000 seasonal workers
Deputy FM Varvitsiotis signed an agreement with the Egyptian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s Ambassador for European Affairs Ihab Nasr on the employment of 5,000 seasonal workers in the agricultural sector.