In a meeting on Monday, Libyan PM Abdul Hamid Dbeibah and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed to maintain the 2019 Mediterranean accord. The Libyan PM was on his first official visit to Ankara. The Turkish President pledged to support the unity in Libya, its reconstruction, and military.
Response of Greece and Cyprus to The Maritime Accord
Greece and Cyprus protested against the maritime agreement. Both the countries denounced the agreement and stated that such an agreement was a serious breach of international law that disregarded the rights of other eastern Mediterranean countries. Even, Greece reopened its embassy in Libya after seven years on Monday and called for the accord to be canceled.
Turkey’s Approach is a Sign of the Changing Geopolitical Landscape
Turkey will send 150,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses to Tripoli and will also manage to build a pandemic hospital to help the country battle its outbreak. Turkey had also sent military supplies and fighters to Libya helping to tilt the balance of power in favor of the Government of Tripoli. An agreement was also signed by Turkey with the Tripoli-based government delineating the maritime boundaries between the two countries in the Mediterranean. Erdogan said, “The memorandum of understanding concerning the maritime jurisdiction in the Mediterranean that we signed with our neighbor Libya, has secured the interest and future of both countries”.
TPT Policy Advocacy & Recommendations
- Libya will be much benefitted from the agreement. It is also expected that both countries will improve their bilateral relations. If Libya and Turkey solve their relations of the past, then the companies of both countries will have a future full of hope.
- Libya’s interim government must bring strategic plans and new rules so that peace prevails in Libya again. The country has been torn apart due to the civil war for nearly a decade. So, the government must have an aim to unite the country and bring peace and stability which is much important for the development and progress of the country.