Egyptian, Greek foreign ministers to hold talks in Cairo on Sunday

Eman Youssef in Athens , Saturday 8 Oct 2022

Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias is traveling to Cairo on Sunday to hold talks with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry.

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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias

 

The ministers will have a one-on-one meeting followed by expanded talks focusing on bilateral relations as well as the latest developments in the Aegean and the Middle East.

The visit falls within the framework of the strategic relations between Greece and Egypt and the regular contacts between the two foreign ministers on issues of mutual interest.

Egypt and Greece are members of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF), an eight-state economic organisation that aims to create a regional gas market in the eastern Mediterranean and maximise use of natural gas in the region.

Greece is an important gateway to the European Union for Egyptian products and Egypt is the most important gateway to the African Union and Arab countries for Europe.

In August 2020, Egypt signed an agreement with Greece for the delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) between the two countries to make the best use of their resources, particularly hydrocarbons.

Egypt also seeks to establish a power linkage with Greece and Cyprus, which is also a member of the EMGF, under a trilateral agreement signed in October 2021.

On Monday, Shoukry and Dendias talked to each other in a phone call where they affirmed that Libya’s outgoing Government of National Unity (GNU) is not authorised to sign any international agreements as its mandate in Tripoli has expired.

The phone call came hours after the Tripoli-based GNU headed by Abdel-Hamid Dbeibah signed a series of preliminary economic agreements in the hydrocarbon and oil sectors with Turkey.

The deal came three years after Turkey and authorities in Tripoli signed a controversial maritime border deal with Turkey that granted Ankara access to a contested economic zone in the Mediterranean. Egypt, Greece and Cyprus have condemned the deal as a stark violation of international maritime laws.

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