Anastasiades Says Energy Drove Turkey-Israel Detente

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said potentially lucrative energy finds off the island was behind Turkey’s decision to better relations with Israel.

Israel is also partners with Cyprus in hopes of delivering energy to the European Union but had been at odds with Turkey, which wants a share of any discoveries off the island.

Anastasiades reportdly expressed his hope to Israeli Premier Benjanim Netanyahu that if Cyprus is united again with its Turkish side that would remove obstacles for any energy deal between Turkey and other countries.

Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said Anastasiades and Netanyahu said the links between Israel and Turkey wouldn’t affect Israel’s role with Cyprus.


“The agreement does not affect and will not affect, in any way whatsoever, the close, brotherly, and of strategic importance relations between the Republic of Cyprus and Israel,” Christodoulides said.


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