Greece-Cyprus-Israel to Meet in September over Gas Exploration Issue



The foreign ministers of Greece, Cyprus, and Israel are to meet in Jerusalem on September 13 in order to discuss natural gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Attendees include Greece’s Nikos Kotzias, Cyprus’ Nikos Christodoulides, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who holds the country’s foreign affairs portfolio.

Turkey

Turkey has expressed intention to drill in the region, disregarding the boundaries of Cyprus‘ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly stated that Ankara will participate in the new energy balance in the Eastern Mediterranean claiming that the Turkish Cypriot side has rights in the area.

Ankara says the solution to the ongoing Cyprus problem depends on the way natural gas reserves off the island’s coast will be exploited.