The Prime Minister of the National Unity, Abdul Hamid Dabaiba, received on Tuesday afternoon Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the delegation that accompanied him to the Prime Minister’s headquarters in Tripoli.
According to Libyan government sources, the two sides discussed various issues related to security, economic and trade aspects and the activation of agreements reached between the two countries and others in the fields of energy and electricity.
Today’s meetings are expected to contribute to the resumption of the operation of the Greek Embassy and Consulate General in Benghazi, to contribute significantly to strengthening bilateral cooperation in all areas, especially in the fields of energy, construction and security, while opening large horizons for economic and trade relations.
According to reports by afrigatenews.net website, the Prime Minister of the National Unity, Abdul Hamid Dabaiba, stated that “we reaffirm the importance of maintaining the rights of Libya, Greece and Turkey and are ready to set up joint committees to discuss the maritime borders with Greece.”
Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dabaiba confirmed that the government seeks to establish relations with all countries, especially neighboring ones, adding that Libya’s interests come first and all agreements are examined in line with the country’s interests.
In a joint press conference with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Dabaiba expressed his efforts to expand Libya’s relations with Greece.
“We discussed with the Greek side the opening of the Greek embassy in Libya, the presentation of visas and the opening of the subject of health, and we look forward to greater cooperation in the economic field,” said the caretaker Prime Minister of Libya.
For his part, the Greek Prime Minister noted in his remarks the resumption of Greek-Libyan relations, with the opening of the Greek Embassy being a milestone in this context. He also stressed Greece ‘s support for Libya’ s efforts for peace and progress.
“Both within the EU and the UN framework, our country will stand by you on the road to credible elections, political normalcy and reconstruction of your country. Away from foreign armies and interests. And with a unique compass, security and prosperity in our neighborhood and in the Mediterranean. It is time, I think, to leave behind all the things that challenged our relations in the previous period,” noted Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
The Greek Prime Minister added that “the foundation of the new starting point in our relationship must always be honesty, openness to dialogue and, above all, faith in the principles of international legitimacy, of International Law. And this means that, by writing the new page of our common path, we will find a way to erase the mistakes of the previous one.”
“I also want to be absolutely clear and repeat what the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, said during his visit to your friendly country, that the precondition for any progress is the immediate and complete withdrawal of foreign troops and mercenaries from the Libyan territory. It is something that all European countries have asked for. And of course, for us, it is very important to cancel illegal documents that were presented as so-called transnational agreements but have no legal force, as explicitly ruled by the European Council,” concluded Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
Afterwards, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with the President of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mohamed al-Menfi.
During their meeting, Kyriakos Mitsotakis conveyed to the President of the Presidential Council of Libya the message of Greek support in this new Libya and its Government. He underlined the readiness of Greece to serve auxiliarly and advocate bilaterally, but also within the EU and UN framework, for the difficult task of leading the country to credible, inclusive elections and then to the political normalcy that will lead to its reconstruction, always on the basis of the belief that everything that challenged the two countries’ relations in the past will be permanently left behind.
The Prime Minister informed the President of the Presidential Council of Libya, Mohamed al-Menfi, that Greece will start operating the Embassy of Tripoli from today and will soon proceed with another move, as soon as the final arrangements are finalized: the operation of a Consulate General in Benghazi. In this context, it was underlined that both the reopening of the Embassy in Tripoli, primarily, and the re-establishment of the Consulate General in Benghazi will significantly contribute to the strengthening of their bilateral cooperation in all sectors, with the culmination of such cooperation in the field of economic and trade. /ibna