Egypt says Turkey’s seismic survey plans may encroach on its waters

Egypt stated on Saturday that a part of a seismic survey deliberate by Turkey within the jap Mediterranean probably encroached on waters the place Cairo claims unique rights.

An advisory issued final month by Turkey for the survey overlaps with Egypt’s unique financial zone (EEZ), constituting “a violation and an assault on Egypt’s sovereign rights,” the Egyptian overseas ministry stated in a press release.


It didn’t give particulars, however stated the potential encroachment got here underneath level eight of Turkey’s advisory.

Seismic surveys are a part of preparatory work for potential hydrocarbons exploration.

The announcement of the survey escalated tensions between Turkey on one aspect and Greece and Cyprus on the opposite, amid conflicting claims to offshore hydrocarbon sources. Turkey has since indicated it may pause exploration operations pending talks.


Egypt is a regional rival of Turkey and has shut relations with Greece and Cyprus.