Greece has decided to reopen its embassy in Tripoli, Libya.
In parallel, Greece starts procedures to open a Consulate General in Benghazi.
The decision, announced by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, came after the election of the interim President of the Presidency Council, Mohammad Menfi, its Members and the Prime Minister of Libya by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum.
M. Menfi had previously served as the Libyan Ambassador to Greece. He was expelled from Athens in December 2019, after the signing of the Libyan- Turkish Memorandum on maritime boundaries.
The Greek government saluted the appointment of the Interim Presidency and stressed:
“As an immediate neighbor of Libya, Greece looks forward to establishing contacts with the new Presidency as soon as it takes up its duties, with the aim of enhancing bilateral relations on the basis of international law.”
The election of a new unified Libyan government by the LPDF in Geneva is an important step towards peace in our neighboring country. Congratulations to the new leadership. All actors should support the process towards democratic and free elections in December.
— Prime Minister GR (@PrimeministerGR) February 5, 2021
Elections in Libya are set for 24 December. Greece hopes that they will produce a stable government that will “contribute decisively to peace and stability in Libya and in the broader region”.
Bilateral relations between Greece and Libya hit their lowest point when Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Fayez al-Serraj, signed a Memorandum with Turkey on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea.
Greece condemned the deal saying it violates the U.N. Law of the Sea, infringes its continental shelf and completely ignores the presence of the Greek island of Crete between the coasts of Turkey and Libya.
The deal was also dismissed by Egypt that called it “illegal”.