Greek FM: Al-Sarraj-Turkey agreement hinders the Berlin process

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

ALGIERS – Algerian and Greek foreign ministers held talks on Thursday focused on the latest developments in the situation in Libya.

This comes as the Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias visited Algeria today to discuss bilateral relations between Greece and Algeria, as well as developments in the situation in the Libyan arena.

Dendias met with Algeria President Abdelmadjid Tebboune as well as his counterpart Sabri Boukadoum.

The Greek top diplomat tweeted that both Greece and Algeria believe hostilities should be brought to an immediate end, and any foreign intervention in Libya should be stopped.

Dendias reiterated Greece’s opposition to the agreement between the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Fayez Al-Sarraj and Turkey, reaffirming that the agreement fuels the conflict in Libya while noting that it also created a major problem for the countries of the Mediterranean basin.

“The memorandums signed between Mr Sarraj and Turkey are moving in the opposite direction. This feeds into the conflict also in conjunction with the steady flow of military equipment and mercenaries,” he tweeted.

“The Sarraj-Turkey Memorandums also create a huge problem in the countries of the region, but also in the Mediterranean countries. This is a gross violation of UN Security Council resolutions,” he added.

“The MoUs are hindering the ongoing efforts of the international community, and in particular the Berlin Process. Efforts that Greece has supported since the first moment.”

In December, GNA and Turkey have signed an agreement on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea which triggered a backlash from Libya’s Mediterranean neighbors: Greece, Egypt and Cyprus.

The new agreements were signed at a meeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and GNA’s Prime Minister Al-Sarraj, whom Ankara is backing against the Libyan National Army (LNA) based in eastern Libya.

Tensions are already running high between Athens and Ankara because of Turkish drilling in the eastern Mediterranean off the coast of the divided island of Cyprus, and the European Union has prepared sanctions against Turkey in response.


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