Greece expects Germany to safeguard European positions, Dendias says


After talks with Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar on Friday, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said Greece expected Germany to safeguard European positions at Sunday’s summit on the Libya crisis in Berlin – which include that the Turkey-Libya maritime boundaries agreement is invalid.

Dendias said that Greece had urged Haftar to join the Berlin summit with a “constructive spirit” with the aim of achieving a ceasefire and the restoration of safety in Libya, but also to push for the abolition of the Turkey-Libya memorandums. 

Greece has not been invited to participate in Sunday's talks. 

Dendias said Greece was ready to provide help in Libya after a truce had been agreed, either by contributing forces to support the peace or by joining a European mission that will be tasked with enforcing the arms embargo and ending mercenary involvement in the North African country.

The Greek Foreign Minister added that Greece was ready to help Libya transform into a modern, democractic state where citizens can freely express their will.

Dendias said Haftar had agreed with Greece’s positions.

Haftar, who did not make any statements after the 90-minute meeting, flew into Athens on Thursday night in a previously unannounced visit. He was scheduled to meet with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at 1 p.m.