Turkey says all parties should cooperate in eastern Mediterranean

FILE PHOTO: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attends a news conference during a visit to Riga, Latvia May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called on all parties in the eastern Mediterranean to cooperate with Turkey to solve problems in the area.

Turkey has sent two drilling ships to explore for gas in the waters off the divided island of Cyprus, prompting accusations from Greece that it is undermining security in the region.

Speaking in Ankara, Cavusoglu also said that Turkey will continue to defend the interests of Turkish Cypriots.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Dominic Evans