Egyptian, Greek FMs meet for talks after Turkey-Libya gas exploration deal
Published: Oct 10, 2022 09:43 PM
Foreign ministers of Egypt and Greece held talks in Cairo, Egypt on Sunday, following a recent oil and gas exploration deal signed between Turkey and the Libyan Government of National Unity.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias described the deal as a "threat to regional stability," stressing that achieving stability in Libya and in the eastern Mediterranean region is one of the "strategic goals" for both Greece and Egypt. He urged for holding the Libyan elections to maintain Libya's stability and territorial integrity, adding "Greece supports the efforts to pave the way for holding the presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya."

"The outgoing unity government in Tripoli doesn't have the authority to conclude any international agreements or memoranda of understanding," Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said, adding the Libyan Government of National Unity came through a ­UN-approved road map by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum with a specific mission and term to hold the Libyan presidential and parliamentary elections on December 24, 2021, which it failed to do.

Libya has been divided into two rival administrations since March, when the eastern-based House of Representatives, or the parliament, appointed ­Fathi Bashagha as prime minister while Tripoli-based Prime Minister Abdul-Hamed Dbeibah refused to step down, saying he would only hand over office to an elected government.

Libya has been suffering from political instability and chaos ever since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011.