Egypt concerned by Turkey's plans to start drilling in Mediterranean: Foreign Ministry

Ahram Online , Saturday 4 May 2019

File Photo: The Egyptian Foreign Ministry in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt is following “with deep concern” Turkey’s announced intention to start drilling operations in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone, off its western coast, the foreign ministry said on Saturday.

A ministry statement warned that any unilateral action would have implications for security and stability in the eastern Mediterranean region. It also stressed that any action by countries in the region must abide by international law and its provisions.

The 2013 maritime demarcation deal between Egypt and Cyprus, their coordination and closeness have raised concerns in Turkey in recent years, in light of Ankara’s tense relations with both Cairo and Nicosia.


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