Foreign ministry ‘closely following’ Israel-Cyprus border issue

Egypt is closely following the drawing of the maritime border between Israel and Cyprus to ensure it does not infringe on Egypt's economic zone in the Mediterranean, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hossam Zaki said.

The agreement, signed on 17 December by Israel and Cyprus, was aimed at facilitating the search for mineral deposits in the east Mediterranean, where huge natural gas reserves have been discovered by a US firm

The ministry is carrying out technical and legal research to ensure that borders under the agreement between Israel and Cyprus do not affect the Egyptian zone, Zaki said.

Egypt is in contact with Cyprus on the issue given the previous agreement between the two countries, he added.

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