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Waters Boil, Israel Steps Up Support for Greece Over Turkey

ATHENS — Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' push for international allies against Turkish provocations in the Aegean and East Mediterranean has seen Israel reiterate its support for Greece's claim to its own waters.

The New Khalij, an official Israeli Twitter account run by the Foreign Ministry tweeted that “Israel is following the latest developments in the East Mediterranean. Some unilateral measures taken by Turkey could undermine the fragile stability in the region.”

The account added: “Israel renews its full support for Greece in its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and rejects any attempt to violation these rights,” Middle East Monitor reported.

Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El-Molla earlier said he'd like the East Mediterranean Gas Forum including his country, Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Italy and the Palestinian territories to be based in Cairo.

International law stipulates that disputed EEZs for islands between countries should be resolved through bilateral talks, the site noted, but planned talks in Ankara, not Athens, were called off when Turkey sent an energy research vessel and warships off the Greek island of Kastellorizo.

That has seen tension rise to near-conflict levels with Turkey claiming parts of Greek seas under a maritime deal with Libya that no other country recognizes, although Mitsotakis pulled back for now his demand for European Union sanctions on Turkey to give diplomacy a chance, which has failed so far to work.

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