EastMed Gas Forum becomes org headquartered in Cairo

6 energy ministers signed charter

23 September, 17:25

    CAIRO - The Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF), which Italy is taking part in alongside five other countries in the area for a regional market, is being transformed into an intergovernmental organization. The move has come amid tensions with Turkey over gas exploration in the area. As announced in a joint statement signed by the other participating member states - Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority - a ceremony was held via teleconference for the signing, which will transform the forum into a regional organization headquartered in Cairo. The statement says that the forum will foster regional stability and create an atmosphere of good neighbourly relations through regional cooperation in the energy sector. "The signing of the charter comes amid tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean region over Ankara's hunt for gas in the region in violation of the territorial waters of Greece and Cyprus, two close allies of Egypt," the website of the Egyptian daily Al Ahram said, noting that France asked during the meeting to become part of the organization. The framework of the EMGF, once completed, will be sent to the EU to be reviewed and then signed by the founding states, according to a statement on the Egyptian ministry website. Italy was represented in the videoconference by Undersecretary of State for the Ministry of Economic Development Alessandra Todde. At the meeting in Cairo, alongside other diplomatic representatives of the countries involved, was Italian ambassador to Egypt Giampaolo Cantini.

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