The new agreement is an extension of the agreement signed in 1977 between the two countries, greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said, adding that rights in EEZ zones would be set by the new agreement. “The European Union, the United States and Russia, as well as many regional actors such as Egypt and Israel, have denounced the agreement between Turkey and Libya and called on Ankara to establish a more conciliatory delimitation with Greece of its waters in the area of sovereignty,” said John Psaropoulos of Al Jazeera, referring to Athens. “This is an important development, a historic day,” Dendias said, adding that the rights of Greek fishermen were guaranteed by the agreement. Details of the agreement, which virtually extends a 1977 agreement between the two states on the Ionian Continental Shelf, were not immediately available. Greece and Italy signed an agreement on Tuesday marking the maritime border in the Ionian Sea between the exclusive economic zones of the two EU members. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio reached an agreement on maritime borders on Tuesday that defines an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) between the two countries. The agreement, signed by the two foreign ministers during a visit by Mr Di Maio to Athens, which is an extension of a 1977 agreement, paves the way for Greece and Italy to explore and exploit marine resources. It also paves the way for Greece to reach a similar agreement with neighbouring Albania. “The delimitation of maritime zones with all our neighbours in the context of international law is a coherent goal for this country,” Dendias said in comments after the signing of the agreement.
Government spokesman Stelios Petsas hailed the agreement in a regular press release earlier in the day as “an evolution of historic importance.” The deal comes amid months of rising tensions between Greece, Cyprus and Turkey, and also after Ankara signed a controversial deal with libya`s tripoli government, which says it is granting exploration and drilling rights in parts of the eastern Mediterranean that overlap over the Greek continental shelf. “The delimitation of maritime zones is achieved with valid agreements, not with invalid agreements, such as those signed by Turkey and [the Libyan government of Fayez] al-Sarraj and with maps that will be presented unilaterally to the United Nations,” Dendias said on Tuesday. Dendias and Di Maio met in February in Rome to discuss further cooperation between the two energy countries in the eastern Mediterranean, where Greece and Italy are partners in the EastMed gas pipeline project. The agreement was signed during a visit by Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio to Athens, the Greek capital. Second, delimited agreements with Egypt and Cyprus could be followed by the EEZ delimitation agreements. The agreement signed in Athens on Tuesday calls for a subject that has been open for 40 years, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a statement. The agreement signed by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio during his visit to Athens, follows a long period of tension in the eastern Mediterranean, where Turkey signed a controversial agreement on the delimitation of maritime states with Libya and… In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Mussolini sought diplomacy to “create a Balkan bloc dominated by Italy that would link Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria and Hungary.” Venizelos thwarted politics with diplomatic agreements between Greek neighbours and organised an “annual conference on the Balkans… To examine issues of common interest, particularly economic ones, with the ultimate aim of creating a kind of regional union. These enhanced diplomatic relations opposed “all forms of territorial revisionism” in 1934.  Venizelos skilfully maintained the principle of “open diplomacy” and ensured that traditional Greek benefactors did not alienate themselves in Britain and France.  The Greek-Italian Friendship Agreement ended Greece`s diplomatic isolation and at the beginning of a series of bilateral agreements, including the Greek-Turkish Friendship Agreement (