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Tripartite gas exploration deal invalid says Turkish FM

9 May 2015

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that an agreement reached between South Cyprus, Greece and Egypt over natural gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean Sea is “invalid”.

His comments came on Thursday after South Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras reached an agreement on energy development during a trilateral summit in Cyprus on 29th April.

Cavusoglu told reporters after meeting with the Turkish Consul General in Munich: “No agreement or restriction in which Turkey is not involved is valid in the eastern Mediterranean”. He said Turkey will not allow any exploration efforts in the sea and said “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” in relation to the deal struck between the three countries.

Ankara-Anatolia News Agency

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