Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud expressed full support for the Greek Cypriot administration amid ongoing tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean following a meeting with Greek Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides on Sunday.
Greek Cypriot daily Politis cited a statement by the Saudi foreign minister which said, “Saudi Arabia carefully follows ongoing developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, as it expresses concerns about security and stability in the region while it emphasizes full support to the Greek Cypriot administration for its sovereignty over Cyprus.”
Turkey, as a guarantor nation for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), is currently carrying out hydrocarbon exploration activities in the Eastern Mediterranean with two drilling vessels, Fatih and Yavuz, along with the Oruç Reis and Barbaros Hayrettin Paşa seismic vessels in the same region.
Turkey has consistently objected to the Greek Cypriot administration’s unilateral drilling operations in the Eastern Mediterranean, asserting that the TRNC also has rights to resources in the area.
The island of Cyprus has been divided into a Turkish Cypriot government in the northern third and Greek Cypriot administration in the south since a 1974 military coup aimed at Cyprus’ annexation by Greece.