Britain concerned by Turkey’s intention to drill off Cyprus

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Updated 09 May 2019
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Britain concerned by Turkey’s intention to drill off Cyprus

LONDON: Britain is concerned by Turkey’s intention to begin offshore drilling operations in an area claimed by Cyprus as its exclusive economic zone, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday.
“Concerned by Turkey’s announcement to begin drilling in Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone,” Hunt said.
“This situation must be deescalated and all parties show restraint,” he said. “Hydrocarbons development should benefit all Cypriots and support a settlement.”
Turkey and the internationally recognized Greek Cypriot government have overlapping claims of jurisdiction for offshore oil and gas research in the eastern Mediterranean, a region thought to be rich in natural gas.


Kuwait emir to visit Iraq amid Gulf tensions: KUNA

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Kuwait emir to visit Iraq amid Gulf tensions: KUNA

  • Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al­-Jaber Al-­Sabah’s visit will discuss bilateral relations

DUBAI: Kuwait’s ruler will visit Iraq on Wednesday, state news agency KUNA reported, saying the trip comes amid unprecedented regional tensions after attacks on tankers in the Gulf.
Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al­-Jaber Al-­Sabah’s visit will discuss bilateral relations and “comes amid unprecedented tensions and developments witnessed by the region,” the agency said, referring to attacks near the strategic Strait of Hormuz shipping lane, which Washington has blamed on Tehran.
Iran has denied involvement in the attacks.