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She said that Cyprus could become a gas supplier to the EU, if deposit estimates are confirmed.
Israeli energy company Delek has proposed a partnership with Cyprus to build a facility on the island to process and export gas found in Cypriot and Israeli waters. Delek is part of a Noble Energy-led consortium exploiting Israel's offshore natural gas finds.
Relations between Turkey and Israel, formerly close allies, remain strained following last year's Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla that killed eight Turkish citizens and a Turkish-American.
Turkey has said it would consider a Cypriot-Israeli deal demarcating their maritime borders as invalid.
Turkey has raised tensions in the region by recently sending a warship-escorted research vessel to look for gas deposits in the area and signing its own maritime accord with the Turkish Cypriots.
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