Greek FM meets Libya's parliamentary speaker, condemns 'Turkish intervention'

Ahram Online , Wednesday 1 Jul 2020

Nikos Dendias
FILE PHOTO: Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias answers a journalist's question during a news conference with his North Macedonia's counterpart Nikola Dimitrov, after their meeting in Skopje, North Macedonia, on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (Photo: AP)

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias met with Libyan Parliamentary Speaker Aguila Saleh on Wednesday during a visit to Libya. Dendias condemned the "Turkish intervention in the war-torn state."

According to Al-Arabiya AlHadath Twitter account, Dendias pointed out that the departure of the foreign powers, especially Turkey, from the North African country is the solution for the ongoing conflict.

Diplomatic sources said the visit is part of Athens' efforts to actively contribute to reaching a political solution and ceasefire in Libya, according to Greece-based Athens News Agency-Macedonian Press Agency (ANA-MPA). 
The sources added that Greece wishes to see a solution materialising in Libya in light of UN resolutions and the decisions of the Berlin Conference in a manner that is "far from foreign interventions that undermine safety and stability in the region and ignore the interests of the Libyan people."
The Government of National Accord, which is based in Tripoli, is backed by Turkish troops and thousands of Syrian mercenaries in its war against the eastern-based Libyan National Army and its leader Khalifa Haftar.
Ankara, according to Reuters, is conducting talks with the GNA for a possible use of the Misrata naval base and Al-Watiya air base.
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