The Turkish Foreign Ministry attacked the statement of the tripartite summit between Greece Egypt and Cyprus, describing it as hostile.
She added in a statement, today, Tuesday, that no initiative can succeed in the eastern Mediterranean without the participation of Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis confirmed that his country’s vision is identical with Egypt and Cyprus in condemning Turkey’s violations, stressing that Ankara threatens regional peace with its behavior in the eastern Mediterranean.
He also indicated that developments in the situation in Libya affect the region, stressing the need to hold elections on time. He considered that the elections contribute to the process of democratic transformation in the country.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi held talks this morning with his Cypriot counterpart, Nicos Anastasiades, where the two leaders stressed the importance of removing any obstacles facing the acceleration of the implementation steps of the pipeline project that will connect the Cypriot “Aphrodite” field with the Egyptian liquefaction stations.
He also held talks with the Greek Prime Minister in a meeting that preceded the tripartite summit.
In addition, the official spokesperson’s page of the Presidency of the Republic reported that Sisi discussed with the Cypriot president the latest developments in the Libyan crisis, the file of the Renaissance Dam, the Cyprus issue and the situation in the eastern Mediterranean region.
It is noteworthy that the relationship between Turkey and Greece is characterized by tension, although it witnessed a relative calm in the past months, but this calm faded after Turkish harassment of the research vessel (Nautical Geo) in the middle of last month.
It is also noted that although the two countries are together in NATO, they are at odds over many issues, including competing claims to sovereignty over each other’s continental shelf in the Mediterranean, airspace, energy resources, ethnically divided Cyprus and some islands in the Aegean Sea.
Image showing the border area between Greece and Turkey (Istock)
Tensions escalated between the two countries last summer (2020), when Turkey sent an exploration ship to disputed waters in the Mediterranean, but its intensity eased slightly after Ankara withdrew the ship and the two countries resumed bilateral talks to resolve their differences, after a five-year hiatus.