Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that any agreement in the Eastern Mediterranean that does not include the Turkish Cypriot people or Turkey is not valid. Speaking at a joint press conference after a visit with his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil in Beirut, the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu touched upon the work being carried out by Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean.
He said that Turkey was carrying out work in the Eastern Mediterranean within its own continental shelf and the permits received from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Çavuşoğlu said that they were carrying out their work in order to protect the rights of the Turkish Cypriot people in the region.
Minister Çavuşoğlu underlined the fact that Turkey will continue to protect the rights of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot people in the Eastern Mediterranean for all time.