Pompeo: Turkish exploration in Cyprus is illegal

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated his country's determination to strengthen its relations with Greece, especially in the field of energy.

"Greece is a strategic partner for stability in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a joint news conference with his Greek counterpart, Nikos Dendias, adding "Washington wants to strengthen its partnership with Greece in all fields of energy for stability and peace in the Eastern Mediterranean."

On the prospect of Ankara's gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean, Pompeo said: "I will not disclose the talks with the Turks on the measures taken with regard to Cyprus, but we have made clear that the work in the territorial waters of Cyprus should be maintained by the law" using illegal exploration, international law must be the master of the position. "

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday that Turkey was violating the sovereign rights of Cyprus.

Cyprus has condemned Turkey's recent activity by sending a drilling vessel to an area where Nicosia has been granted a license for offshore oil and gas exploration.

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