Greece Summons Libyan Ambassador over Turkey-Libya Deal, Threatens Him with Expulsion

Greece on Friday summoned Libyan ambassador Maiza K.Y. Gzllal to divulge the contents of the TurkeyLibya agreement on territorial waters by Thursday. If he refuses to do so, the nation will begin expulsion procedures for him, according to diplomatic sources.

Along with the Ambassador, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will invite Libya’s Interim Speaker Al-Sadiq Al-Kehili to Athens to discuss this issue.

The Turkish ambassador was also asked to give his own explanation on the agreement. It is noted that the maritime agreement provoked strong reactions from Egypt and Cyprus, countries whose territorial waters are challenged in the agreement.

Next week, the Greek Foreign Minister will hold a series of meetings with counterparts from countries in the region and raise the issue concurrent with a meeting of NATO and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

In addition, the Foreign Minister discussed the issue on the telephone with his Cypriot and Egyptian counterparts, Nikos Christodoulides and Sameh Shoukry respectively.

At the same time, the Permanent Representative of Greece to the EU immediately informed the European Commission of Turkey’s expansionist actions.