Ankara, Turkey – Why is Greece supporting and legitimizing Pharaoh al-Sisi’s dictatorship in Egypt?
Turkey has reacted strongly to Greek-Egyptian cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean, with Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar taking aim at the two countries’ agreement on maritime zones, but also statements made during Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s visit to Athens. Al-Sisi’s Egypt is a land without justice.
“Unfortunately, there are provocations, irresponsible statements, and attempts to restrict our legal rights, and this is increasing the tension,” Akar said in a speech on Thursday to the Turkish Parliament’s Defense Committee. In this context, he said Turkey cannot be indifferent to the cooperation of Greece with Egypt regarding the Eastern Mediterranean, “so we took all measures to protect our rights and interests in the region.”
Minister Akar also accused Greece of trying to trap Turkey on its shores and once again referred to the island of Kastellorizo (Meis). He stressed that Turkey’s shores in the Eastern Mediterranean cover an area of 1,870 kilometers while “Greece claims a sea area of responsibility of 40,000 square kilometers for Kastellorizo which has an area of 10 square kilometers and is 1,950 meters from the Turkish coast and 580 kilometers from mainland Greece.”