Greek FM In Malta to Discuss Libya Developments

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Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias is visiting Malta, where he held meetings with his counterpart, Ian Borg and Maltese Parliament Speaker, Anglu Farrugia on Monday.

The Greek Foreign Ministry said that Dendias will discuss the developments in Libya, the eastern Mediterranean, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Notably, Dendias visited Egypt on Sunday to hold talks regarding the recently signed hydrocarbons deal between Turkey and Libya. Dendias stressed that the agreement was illegal.

During a press conference, Egyptian FM, Sameh Shoukry urged the United Nations to announce its position on the legitimacy of the outgoing Libyan government. “We confirm the necessity of holding elections in Libya, and supporting the efforts of the Libyan Parliament,” he added.

Libya’s “outgoing” Government of National Unity (GNU) has “lacked legitimacy since 24 December, and has no right to sign international agreements.”

Last week, Libya and Turkey signed a series of economic agreements that included potential energy exploration in maritime areas.

The agreements will allow for oil and gas exploration in Libyan waters and come three years after the two countries signed a maritime border deal, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said after signing the MoU in Tripoli.

The Greek Foreign Ministry has said in a statement that it is following developments in Libya very closely, “especially Monday’s signing of a ‘memorandum of cooperation’ between the Libyan GNU and Turkey in the field of hydrocarbons. “

The statement added that Greece “holds sovereign rights in the area, which it intends to defend by all legal means, in full respect to the International Law of the Sea.”