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Turkey: Maritime deal with Libya 'red line' for Ankara

'No one can question' deal, 'especially France' says Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay

Anadolu Agency TÜRKIYE
Published September 02,2020
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The maritime agreement between Turkey and Libya is Ankara's "red line" in the Eastern Mediterranean, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said Wednesday.

Oktay warned that "no one can question" the deal "especially France," during a webinar with the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) think-thank in Washington.

The landmark deal signed last November lays out maritime boundaries between the two countries to establish an exclusive economic zone.

Regarding the US' decision to lift an embargo on Greek Cyprus, Oktay said it "poisons the regional peace and stability environment."

Washington said Tuesday it is partially lifting an arms embargo on Greek Cypriots. The announcement received immediate condemnation from Turkey because it "ignores the equality and balance between the two peoples on the island."