Greek Times: Possible Greek-Libyan Maritime Agreement Will be Decisive Against Turkey

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The Greek City Times newspaper revealed, on Saturday, that the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias is currently conducting consultations with Libyan Parliament Speaker Agila Saleh regarding the demarcation of the maritime borders between both countries.

The potential agreement would be in direct competition with the agreement made with Turkey and the Government of National Accord (GNA) based in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, which are at war with the eastern-based Libyan Parliament, known as House of Representatives.

The newspaper’s report considered that determining Greece’s maritime zone with the Libyan Parliament constitutes a crucial step in the dispute with Turkey and would provide the necessary impetus to a similar agreement with Egypt.

During Agila Saleh’s meeting with Greek Foreign Minister, the Speaker said: “we decided to establish a committee of Libyan experts, who would send us their proposals, evaluate our interests, our rights, the rights of the other parties involved, and eventually raise the issue with the parliament. It will be decided how and in what form these agreements will be adopted.”

He added that the committee will be set up as soon as returning to Libya after visiting Russia and Switzerland, and possibly Italy and Algeria.

Dendias reiterated Greece’s support for the efforts made for a political solution, a ceasefire and an end to foreign intervention in Libya.

Dendias argued that there was an agreement to establish maritime zones based on international law, not the illegal memorandum between Ankara and Tripoli.