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Thursday, 8 February 2018

Egypt says Turkey’s rejection of demarcation agreement between Egypt and Cyprus is “unacceptable”

Egypt rejects Turkey’s stance on Cyprus demarcation agreement: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu statements that a 2003 maritime border demarcation agreement between Egypt, Cyprus, and Greece is invalid are “unacceptable” and would be contested, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry said, according to Ahram Online. Cavusoglu had said that Ankara lodged its objection with the UN claiming the agreements “violates Turkey’s continental shelf.” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said, however, that the agreement adheres to international law, according to Cyprus Mail. Reuters also has the story.

Meanwhile, Cairo Governor Atef Abdel Hamid has reportedly taken pettiness to new highs and decided to rename a street originally named after Ottoman ruler Selim I, according to Al Arabiya. Abdel Hamid’s decision came in response to a history professor’s objection to the street name, since the Ottoman ruler “was the first colonizer of Egypt” and caused the country to “lose its sovereignty.”

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