Egypt decides to demarcate its borders in the Mediterranean… Huge benefits that stop foreign ambitions

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi issued a republican decree demarcating the western maritime borders in the Mediterranean.

In its issue issued last Tuesday, the Official Gazette published the Egyptian president’s decision, which bore No. 595 of 2022 regarding defining Egypt’s western maritime borders in the Mediterranean.

The first article of the decision stipulates that the borders of the territorial sea of ​​Egypt start from the point of the Egyptian-Libyan land border, point No. (1) and for a distance of (12) nautical miles, up to point No. (8), and then the line of the western maritime borders of Egypt starts from point No. (8). ) in a northerly direction, parallel to the meridian (25) east, reaching point number (9).

Article 2 stipulates that lists of coordinates shall be announced in accordance with the rules in force in this regard, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations shall be notified of them.

Does the conflict stop on average?

First of all, the decision means that Egypt will settle its maritime borders through which these areas can be presented to international oil companies to explore for oil and gas, and it can also preserve the gas wealth in its Mediterranean region, and it also means preparing and equipping areas within these borders to search for oil and gas. And stop any ambitions in it.

According to what Osama Kamal, the former Minister of Petroleum in Egypt, revealed to Al, the eastern Mediterranean region has a major priority in the interests of international oil companies, due to the huge gas reserves in which it is located, adding that the demarcation of the western maritime borders resolves the offering of these regions as well as Its deep waters are to be explored for access to wealth, and to preserve the right of every country to its natural resources in accordance with the United Nations Convention of 1982.

He said that with the recent skirmishes on the part of Turkey in Libya and the increasing talk about the maritime borders of both the three countries, Egypt had to settle its borders with Libya, as happened in the borders in the Red Sea and the eastern Mediterranean, noting that the demarcation of the borders has legal and geographical origins, including, for example, the status of Points every 5 kilometers, and it is assumed that each country has 200 nautical miles from the first nautical base point, after which countries begin to draw their borders.

The former Egyptian minister stressed that the recent decision will make Egypt able to present these areas to international companies, especially since some of these companies were afraid and refused to excavate, claiming that the borders are unknown or clear or witnessing conflicts, adding that the matter is now settled for everyone, and it is known that these areas Egyptian and subject to Egyptian sovereignty, and Egypt in those areas has the right to fish and search for wealth, and this is the most important and greatest gain for Cairo, in light of the recent confusion that accompanied the signing of the maritime agreement between Turkey and Libya.

Kamal said that one of the benefits of this decision is to attract international companies to pump their investments in the Mediterranean, enhance investments and business with existing partners, and put new areas on the map of research and exploration.

For his part, Ahmed Yahya, Undersecretary of the Defense and National Security Committee in the Egyptian parliament, revealed to that the decision to demarcate the maritime borders with Libya, even if unilaterally, which is Egypt, is correct in all its aspects, from a strategic point of view, because it preserves the wealth and rights of Egypt in sea gas. The Mediterranean, especially in light of the announcement by some companies of the emergence of huge gas fields within the Egyptian territorial waters.

He revealed that this demarcation enables the state to excavate and search for these resources without any obstacles or skirmishes from any other country and to stop greed, adding that the demarcation of borders in general is a good thing, whether land or sea.

He said that when wealth began to emerge in these waters, there became a reason to think about border demarcation so that everyone could know its borders and wealth, especially since there are agreements to demarcate borders and agreements to divide wealth predetermined by the United Nations, stressing that the western regions and with the skirmishes between Turkey and Libya and the presence of interventions and ambitions It had to be fixed and demarcated, as happened in the eastern Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

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