Developments in Mediterranean Diplomacy
Inter-state relations in the Mediterranean are fluctuating between cooperation and tensions. While regional opportunities and spaces for dialogue emerge, differences and rivalries still fuel conflicts. “Developments in Mediterranean Diplomacy” presents a monthly overview of events in support of efforts to improve relations between countries in the Mediterranean, promote regional cooperation, increase inclusivity, resolve conflicts, and advance peace.
Immediately following the Israel-Lebanon deal, Cyprus and Lebanon held sea border talks, stating they can reach a demarcation agreement quicky. But, Lebanon must first conclude a maritime agreement with Syria, which refused to do so in the past.
Turkey and Libya’s Tripoli-based government signed agreements on maritime hydrocarbons and security cooperation, also during a visit to Tripoli by Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu. This was opposed by Libya’s east-based parliament.
Algeria hosted talks between Fatah and Hamas, leading to a deal – mediated by Algerian President Tebboune – aimed at ending the 15 year rift between the Palestinian fractions and at enabling Palestinian elections to take place in 2023.