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Greece ratifies maritime deal signed with Egypt

Christian Fernsby ▼ | August 28, 2020
Greek lawmakers on Thursday ratified a controversial maritime agreement with Egypt on boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean.
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The vote on the deal came on the heels of visits Monday by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to Greece and Turkey, encouraging both countries to engage in dialogue to avoid conflict in the region.

Topics: Greece Egypt

Apparently seeking to block Turkey's legitimate maritime territorial claims, Greece signed an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) deal with Italy on June 9 and with Egypt on Aug. 7.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry slammed the latter in a statement, asserting that Greece and Egypt share no sea borders and that the deal is "null and void."