Qa-3, 16 January 2020, Statement Of The Spokesperson Of The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Hami Aksoy, In Response To A Question Regarding The Meeting To Transform The Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum Into An International Organization

Republic Of Turkey Ministry Of Foreign Affairs 17.01.2020

Statement of the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Hami Aksoy, in Response to a Question Regarding the Meeting to Transform the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum into an International Organization

The member countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum gathered in Cairo on 16 January 2020 in order to transform the forum into an international organization by signing a foundation charter.

This forum is in fact an unrealistic initiative launched by some countries with political motives, under illusions of excluding Turkey from energy equation in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Had the purpose of the forum indeed been cooperation, surely Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots would have been invited to the forum. Such initiatives launched against Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots will never contribute to peace and cooperation in the region. Any initiative not involving Turkey and Turkish Cypriots in the Eastern Mediterranean will not succeed either.

Consequently, this initiative constitutes further proof that countries which have left our calls for dialogue and cooperation unanswered, are still pursuing vain hopes. It also demonstrates the rightfulness of our policies in the region.

We will resolutely continue to protect the legitimate rights and interests of both Turkey and TRNC in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Murat Ahmet Yörük Ambassador
Monday - Friday

09:00 - 12:30 / 14:00 - 18:00

Visa applications: Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 09:30-12:00
1/1/2020 1/3/2020 New Year's Day
3/14/2020 3/14/2020 Summer Day
3/22/2020 3/22/2020 Nevruz Day
4/12/2020 4/12/2020 Katholic Easter
4/19/2020 4/19/2020 Orthodox Easter
5/1/2020 5/1/2020 International Worker's Day
5/24/2020 5/24/2020 End of Ramadan
7/31/2020 7/31/2020 Feast of Sacrifice
8/30/2020 8/30/2020 Turkish Republic Victory Day
9/5/2020 9/5/2020 Mother Teresa Beatification Day
10/29/2020 10/29/2020 Turkish National Day (Republic Day)
11/28/2020 11/28/2020 Albanian National Day
11/29/2020 11/29/2020 Albanian Liberation Day
12/8/2020 12/8/2020 National Youth Day
12/25/2020 12/25/2020 Christmas