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Egyptian president concludes trip to Greece


Egyptian president concludes trip to Greece

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will today conclude his two-day trip to Athens. 

President Sisi and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis are set to discuss Turkey’s territorial advances in the Eastern Mediterranean. Turkey’s maritime boundary treaty with Libya poses a challenge to Greece and Egypt. In response to this controversial agreement, President el-Sisi signed a maritime deal with Greece last month, establishing an exclusive economic zone for fossil fuel exploration and drilling rights. 

This decision has further infuriated the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who has deemed the agreement “worthless.” With a history of good relations between Athens and Cairo, this meeting will aim to strengthen the collaboration between both governments.

Moving forward after today’s meeting, Egypt and Greece are likely to continue cooperating with one another to ensure a vigilant stance against Turkey’s aggressive actions in the Eastern Mediterranean. Determined to impose its influence in the region, Turkey is expected to press its territorial claims, which will possibly result in additional condemnations from and tensions with Athens and Cairo. 

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