Excluding Turkey, Turkish Cypriots in East Med causes instability, Erdoğan says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sunday that excluding Turkey and Turkish Cypriots from initiatives in the eastern Mediterranean would not bring stability to the region, state-run Anadolu news agency said.

"No equation in the eastern Mediterranean where our country and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) do not take part in a fair way can produce peace and stability," Erdoğan said.

The Turkish president visited breakaway TRNC on its anniversary to meet its newly elected leader Ersin Tatar, who backs Erdoğan's call for a “two-state” solution, saying that United Nations-mediated talks have yielded no results.

"Our priority is to provide a sustainable solution to the Cyprus issue in a way that ensures the legitimate rights and security of the Turkish Cypriot people," Erdoğan said.

Erdoğan's office said the Turkish president and Tatar would discuss how to strengthen ties and also the situation in the broader eastern Mediterranean, where Turkey has clashed this year with Cyprus, Greece and the European Union over offshore territorial rights.