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Libya's Haftar seeks support in Greece ahead of peace meeting
Published in Ahram Online on 17 - 01 - 2020

The commander of Libyan National Army (LNA) visited Athens Friday in a bid to counter Turkey's support for his opponents, ahead of a weekend summit on Libya in Berlin.
Gen. Khalifa Haftar's surprise trip to Greece came two days before the Berlin summit, which aims to halt the conflict in oil-rich Libya that is being fueled by competing international support for the warring sides.
Separately, the Kremlin announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin would be attending the meeting in Germany.
Turkey, which has promised to send troops to back Libya's government against Haftar's offensive, is at odds with Greece over oil-and-gas drilling rights in the East Mediterranean.
In November, Turkey and the Libyan U.N.-supported government in Tripoli signed a controversial maritime deal delineating a boundary between the two countries in the Mediterranean. Libya has been divided between two competing governments since 2015, one based in Benghazi in the east and the other based in Tripoli.
The agreement would give Turkey and Libya access to an economic zone across the Mediterranean despite the objections of Greece, Egypt and Cyprus, which lie between the two geographically. All three countries have blasted the deal as being contrary to international law, and therefore invalid.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, speaking after meeting with Haftar, said the Greek government had encouraged the Libyan general to "participate (in the Berlin meeting) constructively'' and to work toward achieving a cease-fire and restoring security in Libya" by removing mercenaries and by the recognition of the invalidity of the illegal agreements'' between Turkey and the government in Tripoli.
"l must tell you with great pleasure that the commander agreed to all of those remarks," Dendias said, adding that Greece wants Libya "to be a modern country, a modern democratic country." The minister said Greece was willing to help police a European ban on arms shipments to Libya.
Haftar made no comments after his talks with Dendias, and then headed into a meeting with Greece's prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
Mitsotakis, who was not invited to the Berlin conference, said late Thursday that Greece "will never accept a political solution for Libya that does not require the cancellation" of the maritime deal with Turkey. "We will use our veto before the case gets to the summit meeting. We will veto it at a foreign ministers' level," he said.
However, it was unclear exactly what Greece could block, as the summit in Berlin is not being held by the EU and a Libyan peace deal does not need EU approval.
A Greek official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the veto would be applied to "any decision concerning Libya on a European level if it doesn't include the annulment" of the maritime deal.
German government spokesman Steffen Seibert, asked in Berlin why Greece wasn't invited to the Berlin conference, said "Greece's participation in the Berlin Libya conference was never up for debate."
Seibert said the "substance of the conference" was considered when determining who would attend.
"Those international actors with immediate influence in the Libya conflict are taking part in this conference and that's the focus of the event," he said.
In Moscow, the Kremlin said Sunday's talks in Berlin would focus on a cease-fire and the launch of a broad political dialogue under the United Nations.
*This story was edited by Ahram Online


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