Turkey on Thursday criticized Italy over “unfortunate” comments on Ankara’s maritime agreement with Libya’s UN-recognized government in Tripoli demarcating boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean. 

“We invite all EU members, especially Italy, to abandon their attitudes that ignore the Turkish Cypriots,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement.

Italy’s foreign minister and his counterpart from the Greek Cypriot administration released a joint statement on Wednesday against the maritime agreement between Turkey and Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA).

Aksoy underlined that as co-existing communities, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) had equal rights with Greek Cypriots over

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