Geography of Asia
Egypt said on Wednesday that the United Arab Emirates has joined the Cairo-based Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum as an observer.
Egypt, Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Italy and Jordan established the EastMed Gas Forum (EMGF) as an intergovernmental organization in a virtual ceremony hosted by Cairo in September.
The Palestinian Authority is also part of the forum.
A joint call for an urgent recalibration of US strategy in the Eastern Mediterranean is made by former US ambassador to Turkey Eric Edelman and Aykan Erdemir, a former MP with Turkey's Republican People's Party (CHP) and current director of the Turkey Program at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington-based think tank, in a newly published report on the region.
In a bid to create rifts in Israel's alliances with Greece and Cyprus, Turkey is reportedly trying to open channels with Tel Aviv through proposals officially submitted by retired rear admiral Cihat Yayci, architect of Ankara's expansionist Blue Homeland doctrine and its maritime borders pact with Libya.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Tuesday that US sanctions over Ankara's purchase of Russian defenses had shaken all values in their alliance and he called for renewed cooperation between the NATO allies.
On Monday, Washington imposed the sanctions targeting Turkey's Presidency of Defense Industry (SSB), its chairman and three other employees.