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Second Regional Energy Dispute Grows: Turkey Declares Egypt-Cyprus Deal Void

In addition to the Israeli – Lebanese energy dispute, the Middle East has a second one growing farther south. The week, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced that his nation will begin an aggressive search for energy sources in the region, adding that the 2013 deal signed by Egypt and Cyprus is not valid. The minister’s statement was immediately dismissed by Egyptian Foreign Ministry Abu Zeid who said no other nation could deny the agreement’s validity, noting it had been recognized by the appropriate United Nations agency. Maj. Gen. Mamdouh Mokled, a member of the National Defense and Security Committee in the Egyptian parliament, was quoted by the newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat as saying that, “We do not have to heed the Turkish statements, and we have to continue with gas exploration in the Mediterranean and avoid attempts to disrupt them.”

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