The Presidents of the Libyan and Greek Parliaments Meet Today in Athens – Al Marsad

The official news agency of the Hellenic Republic, the President of the Hellenic Parliament Constantine Tassoulas will meet with the President of the Libyan House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh, at 4:00 pm today on Thursday 12 December 2019 in Athens, following on the aftermath of the GNA-Turkey agreement on maritime zones which the Libyan parliament considers ‘invalid’.

According to the Athens News Agency, the delegation of the Libyan House of Representatives are meeting in Greece following an invitation by Tassoulas. They will meet at the Greek Parliament building, in the presence of Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias.

In his letter to the UN Secretary General António Gutteres on Monday, Aguila Salaeh said that the GNA-Turkey MOU on maritime zone demarcation was invalid, stressed that it was not recognised by the Libyan Parliament which is Libya’s internationally recognized authority with legislative powers. The MoU was signed by Turkish President Recep Erdogan and Prime Minister of the UN-recognized and Tripoli-based National Accord Government (GNA) of Fayez al-Sarraj on 28 November and has never been ratified by the Libyan Parliament.

According to Aguila Saleh, “The Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord, its President and members, are an existing illegal entity because they have never been sworn in before the legitimate Libyan parliament ever since they assumed office.”

There is mounting international pressure within government and diplomatic circles in Libya, Greece, Egypt, Italy, Cyprus, France, and other EU nations to withdraw recognition of the GNA, for not only continuing to work closely with UN-sanctioned criminals and extremist militias, but for also having signed a maritime and security agreement that goes the Skhirat Accord, jeopardising the stability of the Mediterranean.

During the visit, the Presidents of the Libyan and Greek Parliaments are expected also to discuss ways of enhancing bilateral ties between the two nations.

© Al Marsad English (2019)