France Reinforces Military Presence in Eastern Mediterranean in Response to Turkish Moves – Al Marsad

French President Emmanuel Macron has expressed concern about the situation in the eastern Mediterranean, revealing that Turkey’s unilateral decisions on oil exploration cause tensions.

(Libya, 13 August 2020) – In a tweet on Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron stressed the need for Turkey to end these moves to allow a peaceful dialogue between neighboring countries and allies within NATO.

The French President revealed that he had decided to temporarily strengthen the French military presence in the eastern Mediterranean in the coming days in cooperation with European partners, including Greece.

Macron’s statements coincide with Turkey’s signing a new agreement with Fayez al-Sarraj’s government to strengthen its presence in the eastern Mediterranean and in the Libyan waters bordering Greece to explore for gas and oil as per the agreement originally signed unilaterally with Sarraj last year.