Greece and Egypt sign historic agreement which ends Turkish ambitions


Greece and Egypt signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in the Fields of Aeronautics and Maritime Search & Rescue in Cairo on Tuesday which effectively undermines Turkish territorial ambitions in the region particularly the illegal Turkey -Libya maritime deal

It was signed by Greece's National Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos and Egypt's Defence Minister Mohamed Zaki.

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

The Greek foreign minister also met with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, "in the context of our regular contacts and common approach on a wide range of issues," Dendias tweeted. They discussed "the long standing Greece-Egypt strategic relations, developments in Eastern Mediterranean, Libya and the Middle East."

Varvitsiotis with Nasr

In Cairo, 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, a signing event also attended by Dendias.