Nikos Dendias to Aguila Saleh: Greece Supports Libya’s December Elections – Al Marsad

The Speaker of the Libyan Parliament Chancellor Aguila Saleh, arrived in Athens on Thursday at the invitation of the Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament Konstantinos Tasoulas. Chancellor met on Friday morning with the Foreign Minister of Greece, Nikos Dendias to discuss key issues in Libya and bilateral ties between both countries. 

(LIBYA, 2 July 2021) – The Speaker of the Libyan Parliament Chancellor Aguila Saleh was received on Friday morning by the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias to discuss deepening bilateral ties between Libya and Greece. The talks focused also on Greece’s support for the peace and stability of Libya, the importance of holding December elections this year, and the withdrawal of all foreign troops and mercenaries from the country.

The Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said to Chancellor Aguila Saleh: “It is my great pleasure to welcome you today to the Foreign Ministry, a year and a half after your first visit to Athens and a few months after my visit to al-Qubba in Libya.”

“Mr President, I would like to thank you very much for your stance, a stance that leads to objective and fair elections in Libya. And above all your firm stance in favor of the removal of all foreign military forces and mercenaries from Libya”, said Dendias.

The Greek Foreign Minister said the December elections were vital for the country, “to allow the Libyan people to express their overriding will in the elections.”

“And for that to happen, all foreign forces and mercenaries must leave Libya. Greece will do everything it can to help in this direction,” added Dendias.

They also spoke on their shared commitment to international law, and in particular the International Law of the Sea in the Eastern Mediterranean. The International Law of the Sea was contravened by the former Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez al-Sarraj when he signed the maritime delimitation MOU with Turkey, and which was approved by Abdul Hamid al-Dbaiba’s Government of National Unity (GNU), but which was, and is still, deemed illegal by the Libyan Parliament.

The meeting was also attended by the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the Greek Parliament, Konstantinos Gioulekas, and the Special Envoy for Libya, Ambassador Christodoulos Lazaris.