Thini Receives Greek Foreign Minister and Says “We Will not Allow Sarraj and Erdogan to Reinstate Ottoman Occupation in Libya” – Al Marsad

The Prime Minister of the Libyan Interim Government, Abdullah al-Thini, welcomed on this morning in Benghazi, the Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias, who conducted a working visit to Libya.

“Al-Thini called on the Hellenic Republic of Greece to reopen its Consulate General in Benghazi, in addition to resuming flights and maritime transportation to the cities affiliated with the legitimacy of the Libyan House of Representatives, the Interim Government, and the Libyan National Army General Command in the area that extends from the Egyptian border to the outskirts of the city of Sirte and the entire south in addition to the western cities affiliated with the Interim Government.”

[Benghazi, 22 December 2019] – The Prime Minister of the Libyan Interim Government Abdullah al-Thini during a working visit to Benghazi by the Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias this morning highlighted the depth of “historical relations between Libya and Greece,” praising bilateral economic relations and agreements in several fields.

He pointed out that the MOU signed between the Chairman of the Presidential Council, Fayez al-Sarraj, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is a document written on wet paper, stressing that the Libyan people reject this pact and that Libya does not have common borders with Turkey. Al-Thini said that the main objective of Erdogan and Sarraj is to support the terrorist militias to extend the mandate of an expired government.

During his meeting with the Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs and his accompanying delegation, al-Thini called on the international community to withdraw UN recognition of the GNA, which calls itself a Government of National Accord, yet it has become a threat not only to the Libyans but also to neighbouring countries through its attempt to ignite hostilities among the countries of the entire region.

He also called on the Hellenic Republic of Greece to reopen its Consulate General in Benghazi, in addition to resuming flights and maritime transportation to the cities affiliated with the legitimacy of the Libyan House of Representatives, the Interim Government, and the Libyan National Army General Command in the area that extends from the Egyptian border to the outskirts of the city of Sirte and the entire south in addition to the western cities affiliated with the Interim Government.

Regarding economic cooperation with Greece, al-Thini said, “We call on Greece to work with us in all economic and reconstruction areas.” He explained that there are 105 municipalities in Libya, including 85 municipalities under the jurisdiction of the Interim Government, and that Sarraj does not control anything even in Tripoli, and that his militias and terrorist groups are dominating the landscape and tamper with the capabilities and natural resources and the revenues that belong to all Libyans.

The Interim Prime Minister also stressed that the MOU signed between al-Sarraj and Erdogan is a document that “sells Libya,” vowing, “we will not allow them to reinstate the Ottoman colonialism to Libya, we will confront them with full force, and we are capable of repelling them.”

The Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, said that his country does not view Libya as a lucrative opportunity but rather looks at the interest of the Libyan people, expressing his hope that his next visit to Libya will be when the country is reunited, adding, “we know very well the size of Turkish support for the militias in Tripoli with weapons and drones, and that Turkey wants to prolong the conflict by supporting al-Sarraj and the militias allied with him.”

He added, “We know that al-Sarraj does not have the powers to sign such agreements. We stand firmly with our European Union partners in the face of this agreement, as well as against the security and military cooperation pact because, in all aspects, it poses a threat to Libya, its unity, and the entire region.”

The Greek Minister and the accompanying delegation were received at Benina International Airport by Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Libyan Interim Government, Abdulhadi Al-Hweij.

The Greek Foreign Minister nikos Dendias and his delegation then visited the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar at the General Command Headquarters in Al-Rajma, near Benghazi.

The Greek Foreign Minister and his delegation then visited the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar at the General Command Headquarters in Al-Rajma, near Benghazi. They discussed the latest developments in Libya and the issue of illegal memoranda of understanding signed between Turkey and the Tripoli-based GNA.

The Greek Foreign Minister also communicated with the President of the Libyan House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh, during his visit to Libya. Aguila Saleh and his HOR delegation had visited the Greek Parliament in Athens earlier this month on 12 December.

© Al Marsad English (2019)