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Wednesday, 23 November 2022

Egypt, Greece ink agreements on agriculture, migration

Egypt + Greece ink agreements on agriculture + migration: Egypt and Greece will work more closely on migrant rescue operations and increase cooperation on agriculture under two agreements signed Cairo yesterday.

#1- The two countries will cooperate on migrant search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean under an agreement signed by the countries’ defense ministers, the Greek Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

#2- Egypt will send 5k agricultural laborers to help harvest Greek crops for nine months a year under a pilot scheme agreed yesterday, the ministry said in a separate statement.

Regional rivalries: Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias was in Cairo yesterday for the second time in less than six weeks for talks with Sameh Shoukry. The visits have come after the countries’ mutual rival Turkey signed a new oil and gas exploration agreement with Libya’s Tripoli-based government. This was the latest in a series of moves that have pitted the two sides against one another as they jockey for control over the region’s natural resources.

MEANWHILE- The World Bank could provide support for electricity and green hydrogen projects in Egypt, according to an Electricity Ministry statement released Sunday following talks between Minister Mohamed Shaker and the bank’s country director, Marina Wes. Bank officials discussed partnering on several projects including the upgrading the electricity link with Jordan, green hydrogen plants, and emission-reduction initiatives.

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