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Greek Parliament ratifies deal with Egypt on maritime boundaries

Greek Parliament ratifies deal with Egypt on maritime boundaries

Greece’s Parliament has ratified an agreement with Egypt which defines maritime boundaries between the two countries – a step which Turkey considers an affront.

The deal, which has already been ratified by Egypt's parliament, was approved with 178 votes from New Democracy and the center-left Movement for Change (KINAL) alliance.

Eighty-one SYRIZA opposition lawmakers voted “present.”

A total 26 MPs from the Greek Communist Party (KKE), the nationalist Greek Solution and the anti-austerity Mera25 party voted against the agreement.

Fifteen deputies, including two from the conservative party and five from SYRIZA, were absent.

Greek MPs voted hours after Turkey issued a Navtex extending the operation of its Oruc Reis seismic survey vessel in the Eastern Mediterranean and said it will hold firing exercises in the region next month.