Turkey in Talks over Oil and Gas Exploration in Libya

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Turkey is in talks over oil and gas exploration in Libya, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s administration seeks business opportunities in Libya.

According to a Turkish energy official, Turkey is discussing with Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) over onshore and offshore energy blocks.

Turkish officials also held talks with Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) about power generation and pipeline operations.

The NOC, also based in Tripoli, did not immediately respond to our request for comment.

An energy deal would strengthen Turkey’s ties with the Government of National Accord.

Turkey has raised tensions with Greece, Cyprus and the rest of the European Union in recent months by asserting its maritime rights in the Eastern Mediterranean and exploring for gas.