Turkey plans new oil and gas exploration and production studies in its maritime jurisdiction area in line with the recently inked memorandum of understanding between Turkey and Libya’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez said Wednesday.

Before his meeting with miners from Turkey’s various cities for International Miners Day in Ankara, Donmez told journalists that the agreement with Libya firstly needs approval from the general assemblies of both Turkey and Libya, after which authorization studies will be undertaken.

On Nov. 27, the Turkish Communications Directorate announced that Turkey and Libya signed

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