Turkey ‘determined’ to expand gas exploration drive to Libya’s offshore waters


Turkey plans to expand its gas exploration drive to Libya’s offshore waters, Ibrahim Kalin, a Turkish presidential spokesman was cited as saying on Thursday. 

“Because of our agreement with the official government of Libya, we will continue with seismic research and drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean but also in areas we agreed on with Libya,” he said.

“On this issue, I must stress that we are determined,” he said. Kalin’s comments followed a cabinet meeting chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who made the same threat a few weeks ago.

Similar comments have also been made recently by Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Energy Minister Fatih Donmez.