Greece: We Will Discuss with Libya the Maritime Agreement Concluded Between Turkey and Sarraj – Al Marsad

Greece affirmed that the interim Government of National Unity (GNU) will be requested to renounce foreign forces and mercenaries and to repeal agreements that violated international law, including the illegal Maritime Agreement signed between Turkey and Fayez al-Sarraj.

(LIBYA, 6 April 2021) – Greece’s statement came in a statement issued by the Greek government spokesperson, Aristotelia Peloni, ahead of the planned visit by Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis to Libya. The forthcoming visit was described by Peloni as a symbol of the resumption of relations between Greece and Libya, which will be marked by the reopening of the Greek Embassy in Tripoli.

Peloni indicated that the Greek government supports the GNU and is ready to support its efforts aimed at bringing the country to credible and inclusive elections, which would herald political normalization and progress. She expressed the conviction of the Greek government that the resumption of bilateral relations will contribute to the strengthening of cooperation between the two countries in all fields.

She explained that the fields of cooperation would include energy, construction and security sectors, with the opening of promising prospects in economic and trade relations. It is expected that this new page in the relations between the two countries will be based on principles of international law and good faith, and which necessitate that Libya abandon obstacles that are holding the country back from moving forward.

Peloni explained that these obstacles were specifically the presence of foreign forces and mercenaries on Libyan territory and illegal and groundless agreements that violate international law. She announced Greece’s readiness to support Libya and Libyans with all available means at the bilateral level or within the European framework.

She noted that during the Greek Prime Minister’s visit to Tripoli he will be discussing the illegal agreement concluded between Turkey and Fayez al-Sarraj, and that he would indicate Greece’s position during his dialogue with his Libyan counterpart.