Turkey news roundup – Nov. 25, 2019

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

US-Turkey Relations

In late October, the US and Turkey reached an agreement in Syria and on November 13th, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and US President Donald Trump held a cordial meeting in the White House which helped soften the bickering surrounding Turkey’s recent operation in Northern Syria. Nevertheless, there are remaining points of discord in bilateral relations from defense procurement issues to the implementation of the agreement.

Migration

Turkey is home to the world’s largest refugee population, which stands around 4,000,000, the majority of which arrived from Syria as a result of the Syrian Civil War.

Daily Sabah: Germany ready to provide more refugee aid to Turkey, Merkel says

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that Germany is committed to preserving the Schengen Area and that the migrant deal with Turkey is a key aspect of that. Merkel said that Germany stands read to provide Turkey with more financial aid to assist in its efforts to host over 3.5 million refugees in the country.

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Energy

Turkey, a country with few domestic fossil fuel resources of its own, is heavily reliant on natural gas imports. In recent years, it has made significant strides to diversifying supply through the increased us on liquified natural gas (LNG) and the completion of the Southern Gas Corridor.

Daily Sabah: Equinor, Valeura reportedly discover 286 bcm of natural gas in Turkish Thrace

Exploration operations by Norwegian energy giant Equinor, previously Statoil, and Canadian energy firm Valeura in Turkish Thrace have reportedly resulted in a natural gas discovery of 286 billion cubic meters (bcm), corresponding to nearly five years of Turkey’s gas demand.

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