Egypt, Turkey talk reconciliation

Cairo and Ankara have resumed diplomatic contacts, after years of tension since the Egyptian army toppled a Muslim Brotherhood president close to Turkey. While confirming the renewal of ties, Egyptian…

New UN envoys to mediate Mideast, Libya conflicts

The United Nations Security Council has approved Secretary-General Antonio Guterres proposal to appoint Norwegian Tor Wennesland as the U.N.’s new Middle East envoy, while his predecessor Bulgarian Nickolay Mladenov will…

Germany warns Turkey: Stop EastMed drilling

Tensions are flaring between Europe and Turkey over Ankara’s activity in the east Mediterranean Sea, as well as its involvement in Libya. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas proclaimed in no…

World leaders display discord at UN

The 75th annual opening of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is being held virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. World leaders sparred over national interests and incidence…

Haftar: Libya to resume oil production

The leader of the Eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar declared over the weekend that his forces would let oil production resume after an eight-month blockade. "(I announce) the…

Stabilizing forces growing stronger

The peace deals between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain mark the completion of an existing process by which the region’s stabilizing forces are banding together against the Iranian threat. By Colonel…

Turkey sends mixed signals on EastMed

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sent mixed signals about his intentions vis-à-vis the Eastern Mediterranean – amid heightened tensions with the European Union. After both his Defense and Foreign Ministers…

Turkey issues new EastMed threat

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has repeated his nation’s readiness to negotiate its dispute over maritime rights in the East Mediterranean Sea with Turkey. "Mutual respect and trust are the…

Turkey ratchets up EastMed tensions

Hostilities between Turkey and Greece over a disagreement in the Eastern Mediterranean are escalating. In blatant disregard of a maritime Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) agreement between Athens and Cairo, Ankara…

Turkey angered over Greece/Egypt EEZ

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry held a signing ceremony together with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias, in which the two top diplomats ratified a bilateral agreement on the designation of…