Dendias: Greece Aims to Prevent Establishment of Turkish Military Base in Libya – Al Marsad

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said his country’s “first concern was to ensure that the Libyan coast opposite Crete would be controlled by friendly forces.”

(Libya, 21 December 2020) – According to Greek news media reports, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias emphasised that Athens is exerting all efforts to prevent the establishment of a Turkish base in Libya. He expressed hope that the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Fayez al-Sarraj, would retreat from the maritime agreement it signed with Turkey in November 2019, which allowed Turkish forces and its Syrian mercenaries to occupy parts of Libya.

In a related development, the former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates wrote this week in the New York Times that the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden should punish Turkey for sending Syrian and Turkish mercenaries to Libya.

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