Greater Middle East (bbabo.net) Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will arrive in Egypt to meet with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukri. This is reported by the Egyptian media on November 22. According to reports, the diplomats will discuss bilateral relations, as well as regional and international developments. Following the meeting, a memorandum of understanding will be signed and a joint press conference will be held.
The upcoming Greek-Egyptian meeting in Cairo will take place immediately after the "historic" handshake between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the opening ceremony of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. After this handshake, Erdogan told reporters that the meeting was "the first step towards further normalization of relations between Turkey and Egypt," implying that other steps are under development. The Turkish President added that he would like meetings with Egyptian officials to be held at a higher level, in the context of the normalization of relations.
The meeting between the presidents of Turkey and Egypt was organized by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Cairo and Ankara held two rounds of exploratory talks last year, led by Egyptian and Turkish deputy foreign ministers, in an attempt to mend interstate ties.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece recently noted the strengthening relations between Egypt, Greece and Cyprus, saying that the three countries now represent "soft power" working to strengthen cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean region.
The Greek Foreign Minister's visit also follows the maritime and gas deals Turkey has signed with one of Libya's rival administrations. Earlier, Turkey said it had signed a memorandum of understanding on hydrocarbon exploration in Libyan waters with the authorities in Tripoli. “This agreement threatens stability and security in the Mediterranean,” Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said in Cairo, where he met with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukri.
Former Chief of Staff of the Turkish Navy, Admiral Cihat Yayci, has claimed that $30 trillion worth of natural gas and oil is located north of Libyan maritime jurisdiction. According to him, the area specified in the memorandum of understanding recently signed between Turkey and Libya includes the richest offshore hydrocarbon deposits.