Greece to Open Borders to Libyans


On Tuesday, Libyan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Najla Al-Mangoush held a meeting with the Chargé d’Affairs of the Greek Embassy in Libya, Ioannis Stamatikos, in Tripoli.

During the talks, Stamatikos said that the embassy will soon begin issuing visas to Libyan applicants.

“Libya is a neighbouring country, with which we have always had a wide range of cooperation: economic, trade, defence and even cultural,” he noted

The two officials stressed the depth of the existing cooperation between Libya and Greece, and discussed ways to further strengthen and develop them.

Al-Mangoush hailed Greece’s support for Libya’s Presidential Council, and Government of National Unity (GNU).

Libya has been marred in conflict since the overthrow of long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. In March, international mediation efforts resulted in the creation of the GNU, which is set to lead the country to elections in December.

The 2019 signing of a maritime borders agreement between Turkey and the previous government in Tripoli severely soured relations between Greece and Libya.