Lebanese government says a 2,000-km gas pipeline planned to bring gas from Israel to Europe should not violate its maritime borders, as Beirut still has an unresolved border dispute with Israel.
As the war in Afghanistan winds down, China looks to make Afghanistan a bigger part of its regional ambitions.
Ambassadors of EU countries meeting in Brussels gave the go-ahead to a tweaked proposal that sets the scene for negotiations on extending the bloc's rules regulating gas deliveries to incoming pipelines, like Nord Stream 2.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the TurkStream gas pipeline, consisting of two 930-kilometre lines each with a capacity of 15.75 billion cubic metres, would become fully operational by the end of 2019.
US Ambassador Richard Grenell openly threatened German companies with penalties for building gas pipeline Nord Stream II and wants Qatar to challenge Russian dominance in gas exports to Europe.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline the fruit of the shared vision of the countries involved in the project.
The Nord Stream 2 project, which will pump gas directly from the Narva Bay on Russia's border with Estonia to Lubmin in northeastern Germany, remains controversial as EU members fear it could be used to boost Russian influence over the bloc.
Ahead of his visit to Iraq, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the semi-autonomous Kurdish Regional Government requested Turkey’s mediation to normalise relations with Baghdad after the independence referendum crisis.
Natural gas project will meet an energy demand of 15 million households annually, says project’s spokesman Sander van Rootselaar.
The two countries are months away from a deal under which Turkey could receive up to a fifth of its natural gas from Israel by 2021.
The energy firm Total and security company G4S left the country in 2015 as conflict between the Houthis and the government escalated, leaving over 200 local employees in the lurch.
Fueling new hope in the region, Eastern Mediterranean nations rush to get their share of a gas bonanza, but political and commercial issues between them leave the fate of the region in a state of uncertainty.
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