Greece Hopes Libya will “Free Itself” from Turkish Deal

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On Monday, Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias said that Athens hopes that the new government that is expected to be formed in Libya will, “free itself” from the Turkey-Libya memorandum of 2019.

During a joint press conference with his Libyan counterpart, Najla Al-Mangoush in Athens, Dendias described the memorandum as “invalid, non-existent, and illegal,” according to Greek City Times.

In November 2019, Turkey and Libya signed a maritime delimitation deal that provided a legal framework to prevent any fait accompli by regional states.

In response, Greece and Egypt signed an agreement in 2020, designating an exclusive economic zone in the eastern Mediterranean.

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 and mercenaries from the country.

Dendias also expressed his readiness to assist in the stabilization and reconstruction of Libya.

Libya’s elections are set to be held on 24 December, as part of a UN-brokered deal. However, a number of senior officials have hinted recently that they are unsure whether the elections will be able to be held on time.