France to bolster Mediterranean military presence over Turkish prospecting

13 Aug 2020 / 04:12 H.

    PARIS, Aug 12 (Reuters) - France will increase its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean, President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday, calling on Turkey to halt oil and gas exploration in disputed waters that has heightened tensions with Greece.

    The French leader voiced concern over "unilateral" exploration by Turkey in a call with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Macron's office said in a statement, adding the prospecting should "cease in order to allow a peaceful dialogue" between the neighbouring NATO members.

    France will "temporarily reinforce" its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean, the statement said, to "monitor the situation in the region and mark its determination to uphold international law."

    (Reporting by Laurence Frost Editing by Chris Reese)

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