BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias made a surprise visit to Libya on Wednesday to meet with the Libyan House of Representatives in the city of Tobruk, which is currently under the control of the Libyan National Army (LNA).
Dendias tweeted on Wednesday that he traveled to the city of Tobruk, where he met with the Aqeela Saleh, the Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives.
“I recently arrived in Tobruk, Libya, where I will held talks with the Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives and regular Greek interlocutor Aqeela Saleh.”
Dendias’ visit to eastern Libya comes during a time when Athens and Ankara are at odds over Turkey’s plans to drill for oil off the coast Cyprus and their exploration plans along the Libyan coast.
Furthermore, Greece’s border disputes with Turkey have culminated in both sides engaging in aggressive actions towards one another.
In addition to Greece, Egypt and France have also expressed concern over Turkey’s expansion in the eastern Mediterranean.
On Tuesday, the Turkish government accused France of causing instability in Libya by pushing for a Russian presence in the North African nation.
As of now, Turkey is the only foreign nation that is on the ground and engaging in military operations in Libya.