Greece Reiterates Need for Withdrawal of Foreign Forces from Libya


On Monday, Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias received his Libyan counterpart, Najla Al-Mangoush, in Athens to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral relations.

During the talks, the Greek FM reiterated the importance of holding free and fair elections in Libya as scheduled, and stressed the need for the immediate withdrawal of all foreign forces from the country. Dendias also expressed his readiness to assist in the stabilization, and reconstruction of Libya.

In turn, Al-Mangoush hailed Greece’s support for Libya’s Presidential Council and Government of National Unity (GNU). She also stressed the depth of the existing cooperation between the two countries, and discussed ways to further strengthen and develop them.

In August, Al-Mangoush held a meeting with the Chargé d’Affairs of the Greek Embassy in Tripoli, Ioannis Stamatikos, who said that the embassy will soon begin issuing visas to Libyan applicants.

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.