Greece: Recognition by NATO’s Stoltenberg of the Islamist Government in Libya Does Not Reflect Position of the Alliance – Al Marsad

Greece expressed its anger over the statements made by the NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, who in an interview said that he considered the Government of National Accord (GNA) to be the legitimate government and that NATO therefore does not deal with other parties in Libya.

(Libya, 18 May 2020) – According to media reports, Athens considered this statement to reveal a Turkish plan to implicate NATO in Libya in supporting the pro-Ankara Islamic militias and to target the Libyan National Army (LNA), which has played an important role in neutralizing terrorism in Benghazi and Derna.

Greece responded sharply to statements that indicated that NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, referred to the Muslim Brotherhood faction led by Fayez Al-Sarraj as Libya’s legitimate government.

Greek Foreign Ministry spokesperson Alexandros Yennimatas reminded Stoltenberg that the NATO Member States have not taken such a decision. “Member States must unanimously agree to NATO’s foreign policy decisions,” asserted Yennimatas, stressing that Stoltenberg’s recognition of the Muslim Brotherhood government in Libya is not a reflection of NATO’s positions.

It is expected that several other countries, notably France, will join Greece by announcing their rejection of NATO’s intervention to support the Libyan militias. Consequently, this would hinder Ankara’s plan, given that any such intervention requires the approval of all NATO’s Member States.

© Al Marsad English (2020)