In Libya, there was a diplomatic crisis between the governments of Athens and Tripoli. According to the statement made by the Libyan Foreign Ministry, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, who came to Tripoli International Airport to meet with the President of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mohammed al-Menfi, refused to get off the plane even though his Libyan counterpart, Necla Manguş, was waiting for him at the airport.
The statement said, “Despite the irrational policies and positions adopted by the Greek Foreign Minister towards the interests of the Libyan state in recent days, the Libyan Foreign Ministry gave him permission to visit Tripoli on 17 November 2022. According to the diplomatic procedure, the Libyan Foreign Minister was waiting for him. However, the Greek Minister surprisingly refused to get off the plane and returned without any explanation.
Crossed To Benghazi
According to the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dendias’ plane immediately passed to Benghazi, under the control of Khalifa Haftar, the leader of the illegitimate armed forces in eastern Libya. It was announced that Dendias is expected to meet with the Speaker of the Tobruk House of Representatives Aguila Saleh and other officials there.
“He only wanted to meet with Menfi”
On the other hand, when the Greek media learned that Dendias only wanted to meet with the President of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mohammed al-Menfi, on the condition that he would not meet with the members of the Tripoli government, which is recognized by the United Nations (UN) in Tripoli, the Tripoli government decided to meet with Menfi when they learned that Foreign Minister Mangush was waiting for him. He stated that he canceled and moved to Benghazi.
Manguş signed a hydrocarbon agreement with Turkey
Libyan Foreign Minister Manguş, whom Dendias did not want to meet, had signed a memorandum of understanding between Turkey and Libya in the field of hydrocarbons.
The Athens administration claims that the Tripoli government has expired and cannot sign international agreements that are binding on the country’s future.