“This is an important development, a historic day,” Dendias said, adding that the rights of Greek fishermen were guaranteed by the agreement. 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… Earlier, Dendias had stated that the agreement confirmed a 1977 continental agreement with Rome “and the right of islands to maritime zones.” About seven months after Turkey reached a similar agreement with Libya`s internationally recognized government on the southern side of the Mediterranean, Tuesday`s agreement delimits the exclusive economic zone – the maritime zone where a nation has the right to explore energy and exploit marine resources – between Greece and Italy in the Ionian Sea. It borders the exclusive economic zone – the maritime zone where a nation has the right to energy exploration and exploitation of marine resources – between the two neighbors, as well as the colonization of fishing rights, said Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias after signing the agreement with Di Maio. “Today is a historic day,” he said. Second, delimited agreements with Egypt and Cyprus could be signed last November with the Libyan government in Tripoli, which claimed extensive maritime areas for Turkey. 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.