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Greek Prime Minister meets Haftar in Athens

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday met with retired Libyan Major General Khalifa Haftar in the capital, Athens.

Haftar’s meeting with Mitsotakis came at the Greek parliament, after Haftar’s meeting Friday morning with Foreign Minister Nikos Dundas.

While the Greek government did not issue a statement or a statement about the content of the meeting, the Greek Foreign Minister said that he discussed with Haftar the Libyan issue.

The Greek Minister indicated that Haftar was asked to participate constructively in the Berlin conference on Sunday.

He added that his country urged Haftar not to recognize the Turkish-Libyan Memorandum of Understanding regarding the determination of maritime jurisdiction.

The Greek minister claimed that the Turkish-Libyan memo was illegal.

It is noteworthy that Hifter arrived in the Greek capital, Athens, on Thursday, in a secret visit, which was not announced.

Haida’s visit to Greece comes two days before an international conference hosted by the German capital Berlin on Sunday on Libya.

It is worth noting that Germany did not invite Greece to participate in this conference, which was a concern to Athens.

“We hope that more will be achieved in Berlin … Besides that, we cannot understand why Greece is not part of this process,” the Greek foreign minister told a news conference Thursday.

In response to this criticism, German government spokesman Stephen Seibert said in press statements on Friday that “Greece’s participation in the international conference on Libya in the capital, Berlin, is not possible.”

In an attempt to reach a political solution to the Libyan conflict, Berlin will host, on Sunday, a summit that was invited by: Prime Minister of the Accord Government, Fayez al-Sarraj, and the successor of Haftar, and 11 countries: the United States, Britain, Russia, France, China, Turkey, Italy, and the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Algeria, and the Congo.

Since April 4, 2019, Haftar’s forces have been launching an attack to take control of the capital, Tripoli, the seat of the legitimate government, which has aborted the efforts of the United Nations to hold a dialogue conference between the Libyans.

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