Turkey to continue drilling in east Mediterranean as planned in Libya deal: report

ANTALYA, TURKEY - OCTOBER 30: Turkey's first drilling vessel, Fatih, starts conducting its first deep drilling in offshore Antalya on the county's southern Mediterranean coast, Turkey on October 30, 2018. Celal Gunes / Anadolu Agency

State-owned oil firm Turkish Petroleum has submitted an application to start drilling in parts of the eastern Mediterranean outlined in the country’s contentious maritime borders agreement with the Libyan government in Tripoli, Energy Minister Fatih Dönmez said on Thursday, according to the Greek Kathimerni daily.

In an interview with state-run Anadolu news agency, Dönmez said that Turkey’s gas an oil exploration plans will proceed as foreseen by the November 27, 2019 agreement, which seeks to create an exclusive economic zone from Turkey’s southern Mediterranean shore to Libya’s northeast coast.

Cyprus, Egypt and Greece have all condemned the Libyan-Turkish deal as contrary to international law.

Dönmez also said that Turkey plans to drill in the Black Sea for the first time, starting in July.

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