Greece plans to extend western limits of its territorial waters

Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, on August 26, said that the country is planning to extend its western territorial waters in the Ionian Sea to 12 miles.

During a debate on whether to approve an accord on maritime boundaries between Greece and Italy, Mitsotakis said, “Greece will extend its western territorial waters to 12 nautical miles from six.”

It must be noted that Italy and Albania are the regions having Ionian coasts. The two have been officially informed about Greece’s plans and a bill in regard with the same will soon be submitted to parliament, said Mitsotakis. The move comes after the two nations, in June this year, signed an agreement on maritime boundaries while establishing an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and resolving the longstanding issues over fishing rights in the Ionian Sea.

And in order to discuss a maritime agreement with Albania, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias would soon visit Tirana, said the Prime Minister.

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