United States support Greece, Libya energy deal in a blow to Turkey


The United States would consider supporting an energy interconnection deal between Greece and Libya, in a blow to Turkey given that it signed a preliminary energy exploration deal last Monday with the interim Libyan government, prompting Greece and Egypt to say they would oppose any activity in disputed areas of the eastern Mediterranean.

The State Department spokesperson said it is open to the possibility of an energy interconnection between Greece and Libya as the US continues to support projects that promote the energy interconnection of the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa with Europe.

The US ministry clarified that it emphasises electricity connections, as it believes they help the energy transition process and enhance energy security.

The chairman of Libya's National Oil Corporation, Farhat Bengdara, said that the country is considering the creation of two natural gas pipelines to Greece and the Egyptian city of Damietta.

Asked by the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) about the possibility of creating a pipeline that would connect Greece to Libya, a State Department spokesperson replied that it is their long-standing belief that the development of resources in the Eastern Mediterranean should promote cooperation and provide the foundation for sustainable energy security and economic prosperity across the region, adding that the US continue to support energy projects that will connect vital energy markets, such as the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa, with Europe, and in particular electricity interconnections that help prepare for the clean energy transition that enhances energy security and sustainability.