GIRNE, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus 

The Eastern Mediterranean is a critically important area for Turkey, according to a top official from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). 

The Eastern Mediterranean region has “vital importance” for Turkey geopolitically, geostrategically, and in other aspects, said Kudret Ozersay, the TRNC’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister, on Wednesday.

Speaking at a seminar at the University of Kyrenia’s Maritime Studies Faculty in the coastal city of Girne, Turkish Cyprus, Ozersay said, “Everyone accepts that Turkish Cypriots also have a right in this region,” adding that Turkish Cypriots are “actors to be addressed”

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