With Europe in Mind Greece, Egypt, and Cyprus signs Energy Agreement

On Tuesday, Greece, Cyprus, and Egypt signed an electrical agreement that could incorporate Egyptian solar power and provide electricity to other European countries. 

In Athens, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with the presidents of Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, to sign the protocol. 

According to Mitsotakis, the agreement covers the “interconnection” of the neighbors and the flow of electricity to their separate networks. As energy sources diversify, Egypt may become a provider of solar-generated electric power, and Greece might become a distribution hub for Europe, Mitsotakis added. 

The announcement comes as the world grapples with an energy crisis, with natural gas, oil, and coal prices rising. The pact, according to Sisi, intends to “reinforce energy cooperation”. 

The two Mediterranean neighbors stated in a joint statement that the connectivity strengthens collaboration and energy security not only among the three nations but also across Europe. 

The three nations also stated that they intend to explore and transport natural gas in the region. Turkey, which has its sights set on the region’s oil and natural gas deposits, is regularly irritated by energy cooperation amongst eastern Mediterranean countries. 

Last year, tensions rose when Turkey dispatched an exploratory ship and a small navy flotilla to undertake research in areas that Greece claims under treaties. 

Later Tuesday, Turkey’s foreign ministry slammed the joint statement, calling it another example of the “hostile policy” toward Turkey and Turkish-controlled Northern Cyprus. 

While Ankara backed energy initiatives that “increased regional cooperation,” the ministry warned that the rights and interests of Turks and Northern Cypriots “should not be ignored by these projects”. 

Cyprus has been split since 1974 when Turkey annexed the north after a coup led by an Athens-backed dictatorship seeking to annex the island to Greece. 

Despite efforts this year to mend fences with Egypt following a spat in 2013, the Turkish foreign ministry slammed Cairo’s cooperation with Greece and Cyprus. 

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