Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulated Prime Minister Ersin Tatar on the win, adding Ankara will continue efforts to protect rights of Turkish Cypriots.
As Turkish Cypriots prepare to vote in the second round of the runoff presidential election, the stakes couldn’t be higher.
The coastline of Maras will be open for public use as of Thursday morning, the prime minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Ersin Tatar, said in a joint news conference with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
"Turkey is always in favour of dialogue on every platform for fair sharing of natural resources in the region," a statement read.
A rush for natural gas after several discoveries and loads of potential makes the region a focus of interest.
Turkey's Foreign Ministry says Greece needs to "unconditionally sit at the negotiating table with Turkey" in order to achieve dialogue and cooperation in the region.
Athens refused reports that Turkish and Greek delegations "exchanged views" over on deescalation mechanism to NATO, while Ankara says the opposite.
The annual exercise is aimed at improving mutual training, cooperation, and interoperability between the Turkish Cypriot Peace Force Command and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Security Forces Command, according to the ministry statement.
Once upon a time, the US sought to mediate and unite a divided island. Now, by ending the arms embargo, it wants to sell weapons to the Greek Cypriot administration.
Also responding to Washington's decision, TRNC President Mustafa Akinci says it "was not a step in the right direction."
Ankara accuses Greece of pursuing maximalist policies in the Eastern Mediterranean and underlines that its maritime claims violate Turkey’s sovereign rights.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called on the EU to be an “honest broker” in disputes between Ankara and EU member states France, Greece and Cyprus.
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