Greece urges cancellation of Libyan-Turkish agreement on eve of PM Mitsotakis' visit to Tripoli

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Greece, on Monday, on the eve of the visit of its Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to Libya, urged the new government to scrap an agreement on maritime boundaries with Turkey which Athens says violates international law, calling for the exit of foreign troops and mercenaries from the country.

Speaking during a press conference ahead of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ visit to Libya on Tuesday, government spokeswoman Aristotelia Peloni said that relations between the two countries should be based “on the principles of international law and good faith.”

“It is important for Libya, in this new era, to rid itself of obstacles that are holding it back, such as the presence of foreign forces and mercenaries on its territory,” Peloni said.

“But also of accords which are groundless and violate international law,” she added.

Peloni noted that during the visit Mitsotakis will discuss the "illegal agreement between Turkey and Libya", stressing that the prime minister will present the Greek position.

The spokeswoman announced that the prime minister will be accompanied to Libya by Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, revealing that the visit represents an opportunity to reopen the Greek Embassy in Tripoli, will mark the resumption of relations with the neighbouring country.

She pointed to Greece's support for the new Libyan government and its readiness to support efforts to organize elections by the end of the year.

According to the Greek official, the reopening of the Greek embassy and consulate general in Benghazi will contribute significantly to strengthening bilateral cooperation in all sectors, especially in the areas of energy, construction and security, while opening up great prospects for economic and trade relations.

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