Greece to seek NATO help over Tur­key’s pact with Libya

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Athens, Greece - Greece will seek sup­port from NATO at an al­liance sum­mit in Lon­don this week fol­low­ing a mil­i­tary deal signed by Tur­key and Libya’s UN-recog­nised gov­ern­ment, Greek Prime Min­is­ter Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis said on Sun­day.

Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan met with the head of the Tripoli-based Gov­ern­ment of Na­tional Ac­cord (GNA), Prime Min­is­ter Fayed al Sar­raj, on Wed­nes­day to sign agree­ments on se­cu­rity and mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion, as well as mar­itime ju­ris­dic­tions.

The agree­ments have also raised hack­les in Egypt and Cyprus, ac­cord­ing to the UN’s Libya en­voy Ghas­san Salame.

“An al­liance can­not re­main in­dif­fer­ent when one of its mem­bers openly violates in­ter­na­tional law and aims (to harm) an­other mem­ber,” Mit­so­takis said in a speech to his New Democ­racy party on Sun­day.

Greece last week ex­pressed its dis­sat­is­fac­tion with the ac­cord and sum­moned the am­bas­sadors of Tur­key and Libya in Greece to ask for in­for­ma­tion on its con­tent.

Greek For­eign Min­is­ter Nikos Den­dias on Sun­day met his Egyp­tian coun­ter­part Sameh Choukry in Cairo to dis­cuss the mat­ter.

The deal comes de­spite calls from the Arab League - which in­cludes Libya - to end co­op­er­a­tion with Tur­key in protest of its mil­i­tary of­fen­sive against Kur­dish forces in Syria last month.

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