Greece-Jordan-Cyprus Summit Supports Libya’s December Elections and Withdrawal of all Foreign Forces – Al Marsad

A joint communiqué was issued today at the conclusion of the third Greek-Jordanian-Cypriot summit held in Athens by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, King Abdullah II of Jordan, and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades. The joint communiqué referred to Libya and expressed their full support for 24 December elections, and demanded the complete withdrawal of all foreign forces, fighters and mercenaries from the country as per the ceasefire agreement of the 5+5 Joint Military Committee.

(LIBYA, 28 July 2021) – The Third Greek-Jordanian-Cypriot summit held in Athens today by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, King Abdullah II of Jordan, and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, focussed on the political and economic cooperation between the three countries, but also discussed the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, Libya and Syria, and the Middle East in general.

With regards to the Libyan situation, the communiqué said that the three leaders “expressed commitment to a political solution that ends the conflict in Libya on the basis of UN Security Council resolutions 2570 and 2571 (2021) and all relevant UN Security Council resolutions, and determination to help restore stability, security and prosperity to Libya.”

They leaders “welcome the political progress achieved through the outcomes of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) held under the auspices of the UN, and expressed support to the interim Libyan Government in its efforts leading to holding the elections on 24 of December 2021.”

The also stressed the “importance of the complete withdrawal of all foreign forces, fighters and mercenaries as stipulated in the ceasefire agreement that the 5+5 Joint Military Committee declared in Geneva on 23 of October 2020.”

With regards to the Eastern Mediterranean the joint communiqué emphasized that a peaceful, stable and prosperous Mediterranean is a strategic priority of the region.”

Although the statement did not mention the illegal maritime delimitation agreement signed between Turkey and the formed Libyan government of Fayez al-Sarraj, it was clear that this issue was significant in the talks.

In the joint communiqué, the three leaders called on all countries of the region “to respect the sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction each State has over its maritime zones in accordance with international law, in particular the Law of the Sea.” They emphasised the importance of engaging in a “constructive dialogue and negotiations, in accordance with International Law.”

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