The Greek newspaper “Kathimerini” said that Egypt had opened the door of understanding with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean by announcing a tender to search for hydrocarbon energy, taking into consideration the limits of Turkey’s continental shelf.
In its news entitled “Cairo keeps its doors open to Ankara,” the newspaper stated that the tender map announced by the Egyptian government shows that the western regions of the Mediterranean have been identified in accordance with the agreement concluded between Cairo and Athens.
She added, “However, the Egyptian map indicates that the other area east of the 28th longitude defines the southern borders of the Turkish continental shelf referred to in the Turkish-Libyan agreement.”
The newspaper stated that the Egyptian government’s announcement regarding the evaluation of hydrocarbons in the Mediterranean indicates Cairo’s attempts to avoid tensions between the regional powers due to the Cyprus island crisis.
And she continued, saying, “This option by Egypt cannot be evaluated as a step towards improving relations between Cairo and Ankara. Rather, it can be considered a deliberate step by Cairo to leave the door open to the possibilities of future talks with Ankara.”
For its part, the Greek newspaper “The Indicator” carried the news entitled “Egypt agrees with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean.”
She added that the Greek diplomacy had received information about Egypt reaching an agreement with Turkey regarding the demarcation of its maritime borders, and that this agreement would harm Greek interests in the future.
The Greek newspaper pointed out that Egypt announced a tender for 24 pieces in the Mediterranean, the Gulf of Suez and the desert area.
And she added, “But the problem is that the main lines of one of the blocks in the Mediterranean were not organized as agreed with Greece, but rather it seems that they were organized with Turkey.”
Source: Greek media