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Turkey and Libya sign energy deal

Yesterday, the Tripoli government in Libya signed a number of preliminary economic agreements with Turkey. This includes potential energy exploration in maritime areas.

The move was immediately rejected by the competing authorities in the East of Libya, where the parliament voiced its opposition.


In 2019, Turkey and a former government in Tripoli agreed an “exclusive economic zone”. So far, it is unclear whether the new deal will allow exploration in that area. At the time, also Cyprus and Israel opposed this move.

When asked about the opposition of other countries, yesterday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (picture) reacted saying: “Third countries do not have the right to interfere”.

Also Greece and Egypt agreed a deal in 2020 to determine an “exclusive economic zone”, complicating the situation.

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