Greece’s Foreign Affairs Ministry announced the arrival of Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Benghazi, Libya, on Sunday, where he met with the head of the Libyan National Army, General Khalifa Haftar and discussed the illegal agreement between Libya and Turkey.
The meeting was also attended by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Special Envoy for Libya, Ambassador Christodoulos Lazaris. It was held as a follow-up to the visit of the President of the House of Representatives of Libya, Aguilah Saleh Eissa, to Athens on December 12, and subsequent communication by the Minister of Foreign Affairs with the latter.
“Today I had the pleasure of visiting Benghazi and meeting with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), with whom we discussed broader issues and the issues of the two memoranda the government in Tripoli signed with Turkey.”
“I was very pleased to hear his positions, which coincide with ours on this matter. In other words, that the memoranda in question are totally null and void, and how damaging they are for the Libyan people and society, and of course for stability in the region” said the Minister in the statement issued.
Dendias also stressed the need for a political solution to the Libyan crisis in the context of the efforts of the Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, Ghassan Salame, and the scheduled meeting in Berlin.
Afterwards, the Foreign Minister went to Cairo, where he met with his counterpart, Sameh Shoukry. He is also expected to meet with the Cypriot Foreign Minister, Nikos Christodoulides, in Larnaca.
“Immediately afterwards I came here, to Cairo, where I saw my friend the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sameh Shoukry, with whom I discussed the results of my morning meeting in Libya. I also briefed him in general on my meetings in the Gulf last week, with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and then with Jordan. I would also like to say that, during my stay in Libya, I communicated with the President of the Libyan House of Representatives, Aguilah Saleh Eissa, who visited us recently in Athens,” said the Minister in his statement.