“Greece and Egypt have long sought to create conditions for stability and development for the region,” Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias told Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram during today’s visit to Cairo.
It is a common belief for Greece and Egypt that “the Mediterranean can and should become a sea of peace for all its peoples,” Dendias added.
Today, the Greek Foreign Minister is meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Sukri.
He hopes that, as noted in the article, his visit will contribute to the substantial promotion of talks on the delimitation of the Greek-Egyptian maritime zone, on the basis of international law.
The Foreign Minister said that the Mediterranean is a bridge of friendship, understanding, cooperation and trust between the peoples of Greece and Egypt, while recalling that “the Greek presence in Alexandria and Cairo is alive, with the communities of Greek expatriates and the Patriarchate of Alexandria and the Saint Catherine Monastery in Sinai contribute to the economic, social and cultural life of Egypt.”
“All of the above is clear proof of Egypt’s religious freedom and makes it an example to follow,” he added.
But, as he pointed out, “today, stability and security in the Mediterranean are threatened” as Turkey violates international law, both with the illegal and invalid memorandum it signed with Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood government and with its involvement in the Libyan civil war, in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
“Greece and Egypt, the two oldest civilisations in the Mediterranean, have always had open borders and the sea between us has always united us instead of dividing us. With its unacceptable interference and its illegal actions, Turkey seeks to abolish our common maritime borders, our common path to cooperation, development, prosperity,” he continued.
He said expansionist and revisionist Turkey is undermining regional security and stability and peace in Libya, which is being pushed forward by President el-Sisi’s recent proposal that Greece, along with other countries in the region, has welcomed and “pushed” to drive the Arab world according to its own “hegemonic aspirations.”
The Foreign Minister stressed that Greece and Egypt have long sought to create conditions for stability and development in the region and work closely with international organisations, while bilateral relations are constantly developing in the economy, entrepreneurship, culture, tourism and defence cooperation.
The two countries have laid the groundwork for multilateral co-operation, which is not directed against any other country in the region, and have built a bridge of understanding that extends across the Mediterranean and the Gulf.
“It is no coincidence that another major Mediterranean country, France, as well as the United Arab Emirates, recently took part in this tripartite scheme,” he added.
“I hope that my visit will contribute to the further strengthening of our already excellent cooperation, but also to the substantial promotion of the talks between us on the delimitation of our maritime zones, always on the basis of International Law, just as Greece has recently achieved with its friend, Italy,” Dendias said.
“I hope that my visit will send a message of good coexistence, understanding, stability and trust for our entire region, for the entire Mediterranean,” concluded the Greek Foreign Minister.