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Pompeo to Visit Cyprus Amid Eastern Mediterranean Tensions

Mike Pompeo calls for Turkey and Greece to reduce tensions, on Sept. 2.

Mike Pompeo calls for Turkey and Greece to reduce tensions, on Sept. 2.

Photographer: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will visit Cyprus on Saturday as tensions mount over Turkish energy exploration in contested waters of the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

“The things that are taking place today in the eastern Mediterranean are important,” Pompeo told reporters as his plane headed toward Qatar for long-delayed peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban. “I want to have a chance to talk to the leaders there in Cyprus about their perspective, their objectives.”