After His Visit to Benghazi Greek Foreign Minister Holds a Telephone Conversation With His Turkish Counterpart – Al Marsad

Nikos Dendias, the Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs held a telephone conversation today with Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey. 

[Libya, 24 December 2019] – Relations between the two NATO members is going through unprecedented tension since recent Turkish provocations. Turkish energy companies have already embarked on exploration and drilling works off the coast of Cyprus in the wake of the conclusion of a memorandum of understanding for the demarcation of maritime borders and economic zones between Ankara and Tripoli on 27 November.

This agreement has sparked a wave of criticism and rejection at the regional, European and international levels with Turkish intransigence and determination to move forward in putting the controversial pact into  effect.

The telephone call comes after the working visit to Benghazi by the Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias on Sunday during which he held important meetings with the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the Prime Minister of the Libyan Interim Government, Abdullah al-Thini, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Libyan Interim Government, Abdulhadi Lahweej.

The call between Dendias and his Turkish counterpart also comes ahead of the Greek Foreign Minister’s participation in a Christmas service at the Cathedral of Agios Georgios in Istanbul .

The Turkish Foreign Ministry did not issue any explanation regarding the telephone communication, nor did the Turkish media mention any further details.

© Al Marsad English (2019)