Erdogan offers Azerbaijan joint energy operations in Libya

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, Turkey on 11 June 2021 [Murat Kula/Anadolu Agency]

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is reported to have made an offer to his Azerbaijani counterpart, Ilham Aliyev, to conduct joint drilling and exploration operations in Libya. The offer has apparently been accepted. Following his participation in the NATO summit in Brussels, Erdogan travelled to Azerbaijan where he met with President Aliyev. After visiting the Azeri-controlled region of Nagorno-Karabakh, captured by Azeri forces from Armenia last year with Turkish support, Erdogan is reported to have held a meeting with journalists in the capital Baku. When asked whether Turkey and Azerbaijan have any plans to explore jointly for gas and oil in areas such as the Black Sea, Erdogan replied: "Just as we are together in the TAP [Trans Adriatic Pipeline] […]

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