U.S. crafting new security alliance for Eastern Med -- Ekathimerini

A new, U.S.-led security alliance may soon emerge in the resource-rich Eastern Mediterranean, Ekathimerini reported.

This possible security paradigm would be the result of Washington’s effort to bolster Europe’s energy security, and would likely rely on partnerships between Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.

The US-inspired plan will be assessed during two summits taking place next month, according to the Greek news site. Top officials from Greece, Cyprus, and Jordan are set to meet in Nicosia on Dec. 19, before Greek, Cypriot, and Israeli leaders gather the next day in Jerusalem.

Turkey began oil operations in the region last month, prompting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to warn foreign firms away from drilling near northern Cyprus.

The United States acknowledges Cyprus’s strategic significance in the Eastern Mediterranean, and U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil is expected to start drilling this week within the Cypriot exclusive economic zone.