Dendias meets Libya’s Haftar in Benghazi

Dendias meets Libya’s Haftar in Benghazi

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias met on Thursday Eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi on Thursday to discuss “the need for Libya’s stabilisation” and the promotion of peace and stability in the wider region, state-run news agency AMNA reported.

According to Greek diplomatic sources, Haftar used very strict language when talking about the presence of Turkish troops in the country and condemned the Turkish-Libyan memoranda signed by the internationally recognized government, noting that if there are no general elections by January, “other action must be taken.’

Later, at the port of Benghazi, Dendias attended an event to present Greece’s contribution to the World Food Program project to rebuild the city’s port, a critical entry point for delivering food and humanitarian assistance and food to the wider region of North Africa and the Sahel.

The government aeroplane carrying Dendias and the Greek delegation from Tripoli to Benghazi flew there via Malta’s FIR, after the Libyan side refused to approve the flight plans of the aircraft from Tripoli to Benghazi, resulting in a significant delay in its departure, the same diplomatic sources said.

Earlier, Dendias called off the first leg of a visit to Libya, refusing to disembark from his plane after landing in the capital of Tripoli, due to a violation of protocol and agreed-on terms for the visit.


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