Officials said Turkey has sought to recruit Egypt for the exploration of
crude oil and natural gas in the eastern Mediterranean. Turkey has expressed
opposition to energy exploration in the area by Israel and the Republic of
"Egypt and Turkey can work together on the fields of oil and gas,"
Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Sept. 14.
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Yildiz said Ankara and Cairo have conducted an evaluation based on
ability for deep-water drilling. He said Turkey was considering importing
gas from Egypt, which seeks to become a major supplier in the region.