Turkey to increase straits safety after US oil disaster

The Turkish minister of foreign affairs said that Turkey would intensify efforts to give its Straits a more liveable and protected structure.

Turkey to increase straits safety after US oil disaster

The Turkish minister of foreign affairs said on Tuesday that Turkey would intensify efforts to give its Straits a more liveable and protected structure.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim, Energy & Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz and Environment & Forestry Minister Veysel Eroglu held a meeting in capital Ankara on the passage security and environmental factors at Turkey's Straits.

Speaking at the joint press conference held after the gathering, Foreign Minister Davutoglu said the traffic at Turkish straits should be regulated in a way that would not affect international trade negatively and that would protect the environment.

"We will intensify our studies aiming at more liveable and protected straits," Davutoglu said.

Transportation Minister Yildirim said in his part that a meeting would be held in Istanbul with the participation of representatives of leading petroleum companies on July 1.

"We would like more oil to pass through the straits, however, their physical capacity is obvious and we do not have the chance to change that," Yildirim noted.

Moreover, Energy Minister Yildiz said that the straits were important passage points for oil transportation, adding he did not desire to see an environmental disaster in those locations and the government was responsible to take the necessary measures on such matter.


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