Egypt understands that it is impossible to isolate Turkey in Eastern Mediterranean - Expert | Eurasia Diary -

18 April,

Egypt understands that it is impossible to isolate Turkey in Eastern Mediterranean - Expert

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Turkey could sign an agreement with Egypt after negotiating maritime jurisdictions, Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a joint news conference with Georgian counterpart Davit Zalkaliani in Ankara, the Turkish capital.

According to Cavushoglu, when Egypt signed an agreement with Greece on the delimitation of the boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean, it respected Turkey's southern borders of the continental shelf.

"Egypt continues carrying out its activities like seismic exploration and licensing within its continental shelf. In doing so, it continues to respect our continental shelf. We welcome this positively," he stressed.

Some experts argue on this issue whether Turkey and Egypt are ready to hold negotiations on the determination of the borders of the continental shelf in the Eastern Mediterranean sea.

Speaking to Eurasia Diary, Javidan Ahmadkhanli, a research fellow at Topchubashov Center, has made brief comments on the solution of the delimitation problem between Egypt and Turkey.

According to him, Egypt and Turkey have common communication channels to solve serious problems existing in their diplomatic relations.

“Despite both countries’ very critical approaches to each other, there are some serious reports that Egypt and Turkey have common communication channels since last year. In summer, Cavusoglu stressed that the Turkey-Libya EEZ agreement is offering a larger sea area to Egypt than Greece`s proposed version of EEZ. Turkish FM claimed Egypt could gain up to 50 thousand square kilometres of extra sea area,” he said.

“In this regard, it is very reasonable why Egypt shows particular interest in the Turkey-Libya EEZ agreement version,” he added.

Touching upon shared common interests by two states in the Eastern Mediterranean, Ahmadkhanli noted that the Egyptian side understands that it is almost impossible to leave Turkey out of the equation to create a sustainable regional configuration.

“Egypt's primary desire is to achieve a calm and durable situation in the Eastern Mediterranean region in order to sell its vast amount of energy resources. In my opinion, to achieve this goal, Cairo must find the common ground to work with Turkey. In return, due to getting alienated in her claims in the Eastern Mediterranean, Turkey desperately needs Egypt to consolidate long-term goals,” he stressed.

Ahmadkhanli also pointed out that the normalization process in the bilateral relations between Turkey and Egypt will not be easy. He considered that the most problematic issue between the two littoral states of the Eastern Mediterranean is the Muslim Brotherhood (MB).

“Turkey, the main supporter of the MB, is still challenging the legitimacy of Egypt's President Abdulfattah al-Sisi. I think Egypt`s primary demand to form common ground with Turkey could be related to Ankara`s approach to MB. This demand may force Turkey to make a difficult choice in order to achieve her goals in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Therefore Ankara may revise its long time Middle East policy, which is heavily focused on defending the Muslim Brotherhood cause,” he concluded.

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