Greater Middle East (bbabo.net) - Greece and Egypt signed an agreement in Cairo that effectively undermines Turkey's "illegal deal" with Libya. This is reported by the Greek media. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cooperation in the field of aeronautics and maritime search and rescue operations was signed by Greek Minister of National Defense Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos and Egyptian Defense Minister Mohamed Zaki.
The agreement defines the limits of jurisdiction and areas of responsibility of "search and rescue" between Hellas and Egypt, which are identified with the flight information region (FIR) of Athens and Cairo, respectively.
FIR is a specific area of airspace in which a flight information and alert service (ALRS) is provided. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) delegates which country is responsible for the operational management of the FIR data.
As Greek Foreign Minister Nicolas Dendias noted, the delegation presented also arrived in Egypt to discuss the entire spectrum of bilateral relations between Athens and Cairo.
Recall that the Greek-Egyptian meeting in Cairo took 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, the meeting was organized by Emir Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani.
Earlier, Egypt and Greece questioned the legitimacy of the agreement on joint oil and gas exploration signed between Turkey and the "Government of National Unity" (GNU) of Libya. Then Dendias and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukri, Foreign Minister of the Arab Republic, agreed to coordinate steps in countering Ankara's subversive, according to Cairo and Athens, actions in the Mediterranean.
Egypt and Greece signed in Cairo a protocol on the intensification of bilateral cooperation in the field of military cooperation. Greece, Egypt and Saudi Arabia will also submit a joint bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.