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    Turkey’s vice president to coordinate Cyprus affairs

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday appointed his vice president as the person responsible for coordinating affairs related to Cyprus, Anadolu Agency reported.

    Vice President Fuat Oktay will head the Cyprus Affairs Coordinating Agency, which is to be established to oversee economic, financial, and technical assistance to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), according to a presidential decree published on Saturday.

    The Republic, which is only recognized by Turkey, relies heavily on financial assistance from Turkey, which supports the breakaway state’s defense, telecommunications, water, and postal services.

    Oktay headed Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management (AFAD) between 2012 and 2016. He later became the undersecretary of the prime minister. He was appointed as vice president following presidential and parliamentary elections last year.

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