Greece and Italy officially complete historic maritime borders deal

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Greece and Italy completed on Monday the approval of a maritime borders agreement delimiting an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) between the two countries, Ekathimerini reports.

Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias, and his Italian counterpart, Luigi Di Maio, met in Rome to exchange the so-called instruments of ratification.

READ MORE: Greece and Italy sign historic accord for Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias (L), and his Italian counterpart, Luigi Di Maio, complete the maritime deal. Photo: Italy MFA / Twitter.

The agreement, signed in June 2020 in Athens, is an extension of a 1977 accord, which paves the way for Greece and Italy to explore for and exploit marine resources.

“This symbolic act is very important. It concludes an issue that had been pending for 45 years and demonstrates our exemplary relations with Italy, both within the EU … and on a bilateral level,” Dendias said at a joint press briefing with Di Maio.

On his side, Di Maio said he and Dendias discussed a range of issues, from bilateral relations with neighbouring southern countries, economic matters and energy issues. 

Di Maio also said he reiterated in his meeting with Dendias the importance of supporting the political process in Libya and the immediate withdrawal of mercenary troops and foreign fighters.

READ MORE: Turkey to hold military drills off coast of Cyprus as Greece continues exercises with France and Italy.

Source: Ekathimerini.

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