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Smoke from the fires in Dadia and Lesvos reached the coast of Libya

The smoke from the forest fires on the island of Lesvos and the Natural Park Dadia in Evros, north-eastern Greece,  has been consolidated and has reached the coast of Libya in North Africa. According to the director of the National Meteorological Service (EMY), Thodoris Kolidas, the smoke from the fire …

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Greece inaugurates its Consulate General in Benghazi

Greece inaugurated its consulate in Benghazi on Monday, in the presence of a delegation headed by Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Kostas Fragogiannis and the local Greek community. Greece is the first country to have a consular representation in “We are the first country to have consular representation in Benghazi,” Fragogiannis …

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Greece and Libya agree to talk on delimitation of maritime zones, says Mitsotakis

Greece and Libya have agreed to hold talks on marking out their maritime zones in the Mediterranean Sea, Prime Minister Mitsotakis said on Wednesday, after a meeting with the president of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mohamed al-Menfi. In a statement after the meeting, Mitsotakis said the two leaders “agreed on …

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Greece struggles to limit Turkey’s influence in Libya

During his visit to Libya, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias raised the issue of maritime border demarcation saying that the memorandum signed between Turkey and the previous Libyan government was “illegal.” He implied that the two countries may proceed with delineation of mutual maritime borders in the Mediterranean Sea. And he …

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Egypt says Turkey’s seismic survey plans could encroach on its waters

Egypt said that part of a seismic survey planned by Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean potentially encroached on waters where Cairo claims exclusive rights. An advisory issued last month by Turkey for the survey overlaps with Egypt’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), constituting “a violation and an attack on Egypt’s sovereign …

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Four men missing after migrants boat capsizes NW off Crete

Greece’s Coast Guard continues Search and Rescue operation on Monday morning, after a boat carrying migrants and refugees capsized North-West off the island of Crete on Sunday afternoon. Only survivor is, so far,  a 25-year-old Algerian national who has been transferred to the hospital in Chania. According to his testimony, …

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Turkey-Libya deal, drilling activities are “counterproductive” says US State Dept.

Turkey’s drilling activities, combined with the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Libya are are “counterproductive” and do not contribute to the stability and security of the Eastern Mediterranean, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Matthew Palmer said on Wednesday at a teleconference with Greek …

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Greek FM Dendias discusses “delimitation of maritime zones” with Libya

Greece discussed on the delimitation of maritime zones Libya, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias revealed on Wednesday after meeting with Aquila Saleh, the President of the Libyan House of Representatives, in Tobruk. “We discussed the delimitation of maritime zones between Greece and Libya, in the context not of the arbitrariness that …

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Turkey and USA to cooperate on Libya, says Turkish FM

Turkish foreign and defense ministries and intelligence will soon work with US counterparts on Libya, Turkey ’s top diplomat said on Thursday. Speaking at a webinar with the US-based Turkish American National Steering Committee, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered his US counterpart Donald Trump to …

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Turkey to start drilling off Greece as planned in deal with Libya

State-owned oil company Turkish Petroleum (IPAO) has submitted an application to Tripoli-based government to start drilling in parts of the eastern Mediterranean outlined in the country’s contentious maritime borders agreement with Libya, Turkey ‘s Energy Minister Fatih Donmez has said. Donmez said Turkey would start exploring hydrocarbon resources both in …

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Greece has a role and a say in the situation in Libya, FM Dendias tells Guterres

Greece, as a neighbour of Libya that is directly affected by developments there and as a factor for stability in the region, also has a role and a say in the situation in Libya, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias stressed during his meeting in Geneva with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. …

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Erdogan claims “Greece is accepting Turkey-Libya deal”

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that “Greece is slowly accepting the status quo in the Eastern Mediterranean following the Turkey-Libya deal on maritime boundaries. Ankara’s “resolute stance has led the rest of the countries in the region, but mainly Greece,” to accept the status quo that Turkey wants in the …

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EU foreign ministers agree on new mission to enforce Libya arms embargo

EU foreign ministers announced on Monday a new operation in the Mediterranean Sea to enforce uphold a United nations  arms embargo on Libya that is routinely flouted. The foreign ministers said on Monday that they have agreed to launch a new mission in the Mediterranean Sea to enforce a United …

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UN to post coordinates of EEZ maps of Turkey-Libya Agreement

United Nations’ Division for Ocean Affairs will post the geographical coordinates outlined in the maritime border agreement signed by Turkey and Libya in November 2019. Including the memorandum’s sea zone maps in the UN’s database is expected to give them an official character. Athens is concerned, however, it tries to …

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Turkey to drill between Greece’s Kastelorizo and Libya

For one more time,  Ankara provokes Greece and the international community announcing seismic research and drilling in the East Mediterranean Sea and thus in maritime area between the Greek island of Kastelorizo and Libya. The spokesman of President Tayyip Erdogan, Ibrahim Kalin, said on Thursday that Ankara will proceed with …

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