Greece Commends the Efforts of the Libyan National Army to Restore Peace and Stability to Libya – Al Marsad

Before meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis today, the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, convened also with Nikos Dendias, the Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs. The Athens visit comes two days ahead of the Berlin Summit on Libya scheduled for Sunday where Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, is expected to participate according to the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas who met Field Marshal Haftar in Benghazi on Thursday.

[Libya, 17 January 2020] – Nikos Dendias said that he briefed Field Marshal Haftar on the position of Greece vis-à-vis the memorandum of understanding signed between the government of Ankara and the Tripoli Government of National Accord (GNA) last November to delineate maritime boundaries and economic zones in the Mediterranean between Turkey and Libya. The MOU was widely condemned and rejected regionally and internationally, as well as by Greece and Cyprus, the two member states in the European Union.

Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.

“We value the constructive spirit of the Libyan leader and his participation in the Berlin process in order to restore peace in Libya,” Dendias said.

Dendias stressed that Greece should have been a participant in the Berlin conference on Libya scheduled for next Sunday because Greece is a neighbour to Libya and is directly affected by the geopolitical situation in Libya. The Greek Foreign Minister said that Athens expects the European countries to reject the two memoranda of understanding that Turkey concluded with the Government of National Accord headed by Fayez Al-Sarraj.

Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.

Dendias said that Greece hoped the Berlin conference would aim to achieve a ceasefire and the restoration of safety in Libya, but also to push for the abolition of the Turkey-Libya memorandums.

He added that Greece was ready to provide help in Libya after a truce had been agreed, either by contributing forces to support the peace or by joining a European mission that will be tasked with enforcing the arms embargo and ending mercenary involvement in Libya.

After his meeting with Dendias, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar met with the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at his offices at the Parliament.

Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar with the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Athens today.

The Greek Prime Minister said on his official twitter page: “With the Libyan National Army Chief Khalifa Haftar we discussed the situation in Libya. Mr Haftar’s clear position on the nullity of the Sarraj-Turkey Memorandum and his commitment to delimiting the maritime zones with Greece is very positive.”

After this meeting with Mitsotakis, Field Marshal Haftar was scheduled to meet Greek Defense Minister, Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, and Vice Admiral Diakopoulos, Greece’s 1st national security adviser.

© Al Marsad English (2020)