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Greek PM: Turkey-Libya maritime border deal ‘geographically ridiculous’

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WASHINGTON – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis described the agreement that purportedly delimitated the maritime borders between Turkey and the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) as “geographically ridiculous,” saying it completely disregards Crete.

The deal, signed last month between Libyan Prime Minster Fayez Al-Sarraj and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seeks to create an exclusive economic zone from Turkey’s southern Mediterranean shore to Libya’s northeast coast.

“The deal is clearly null and void but it is also geographically ridiculous. You just need to look at the map to understand that there is no connection between Turkey and Libya. Of course the agreement assumes that our islands, including Crete, does not have an exclusive economic zone,” he said during an event at the Atlantic Council.

Mitsotakis said the deal has the additional problem that it has not been ratified by the Libyan Parliament and is an indication “of how Turkey thinks in terms of the Eastern Mediterranean,” he added.

He said the two countries have their differences but at the same time Greece is committed to keeping the channels of communication open.

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