In a tweet made on Thursday afternoon, the representative of the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ahmed Hafez, announced that Greece and Egypt signed an agreement to delimit maritime zones, to establish their own Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ).
The agreement on the EEZ was signed by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, who hastily went to Cairo to meet his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry.
The representative of the Egyptian Foreign Minister posted on Twitter: “Part of the signing ceremony of an agreement for the establishment of an exclusive economic zone between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Republic of Greece.”
جانب من مراسم توقيع اتفاق حول تعيين المنطقة الاقتصادية الخالصة بين جمهورية مصر العربية وجمهورية اليونان pic.twitter.com/RGd8DdeMtu
— Egypt MFA Spokesperson (@MfaEgypt) August 6, 2020
According to diplomatic sources, this agreement is part of a broader strategy of settling bilateral issues, building alliances with third parties in a way that promotes national interests, based on respect for international law.
It is also a balanced agreement that is fully in line with the United Nations Law of the Sea, a piece of international law in which Turkey is one of only 15 countries in the whole world to not sign or ratify.
The influence of Greece’s islands in sea zones is secured, according to diplomatic sources quoted by Hellas Journal.
After the signing the deal, Dendias said that “the agreement between Turkey and al-Sarraj is now the trash bin.”
This is in reference to the illegal memorandum that Turkey signed with Fayez al-Sarraj, the leader of the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood government based in Tripoli. The deal signed between Turkey and Sarraj aimed to steal maritime space from Greece as their ‘interpretation’ of international sea law made them claim that islands do not have an EEZ.
It is clearly stated in the Charter Law of the Sea that islands do have EEZ’s, and it was further confirmed with the EEZ deal signed between Greece and Italy in June, and now with Greece and Egypt on Thursday.