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Greece intensifies its diplomatic efforts in the Eastern Mediterranean

Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis held official talks consecutively with Libya’s new Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh and Egypt’s Abdel Fattah El-Sisi over the latest developments in the region.

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Recently, the intensified Greece’s diplomatic initiatives in the Eastern Mediterranean region have drawn attention. In this context, Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis has held talks with his Libyan counterpart Abdulhamid Dbeibeh and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in the last two days.

It was reported on Wednesday that the Greek Prime Minister spoke with his Libyan counterpart to express his congratulations on the formation of the new Government of National Unity (GNU). According to a statement issued after the phone call, Greece would like to establish relations with the new government to improve bilateral relations on the basis of international law. Greece, as a member state of both the European Union (EU) and NATO, expressed its willingness to give support to Libya in many fields, including reconstructing of the country devastated by long-lasting war as well as maintaining security, the statement added. Also, the Greek media stated that Libyan Prime Minister Dbeibeh had invited his Greek counterpart to visit Libya, and the latter accepted this invitation.

On the same day, it was circulated by news outlets that Mitsotakis talked with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi through a phone call. Based on the Egyptian Presidency’s statement, it was reported that the two exchanged views regarding the latest developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and Libya. Besides, they discussed the ways of improving bilateral relations, particularly on the economy, security, and energy, the statement added. In the phone talk, the Greek Prime Minister expressed his country’s readiness to boost cooperation with Egypt in terms of both bilateral relations as well as tripartite cooperation between Egypt, Southern Cyprus, and Greece. Meanwhile, the Egyptian President stated the pleasure that he has for the fruitful cooperation between his country and Greece both at the bilateral and tripartite level.

In August 2020, Greece and Egypt signed a demarcation agreement in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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