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Greece Welcomes Election of Interim Government of Libya

February 6, 2021

ATHENS — Greece welcomes the election of Mohamed Menfi as head of the presidential council of the new interim government of Libya, along with its members and prime minister by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) in Geneva, the Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Friday.

"We hope that the formation of the interim presidium, to the elections expected to take place on December 24, will contribute decisively to the peace process and stabilization of Libya and the region overall," the ministry said.

The ministry noted that as a direct neighbor to Libya, Greece looks forward to establishing relations with the new presidential council as soon as it assumes its duties, in order to boost bilateral relations on the basis of international law.

It also expressed Greece's readiness, as member of the EU and NATO, to offer assistance to Libya in order to contribute to the rebuilding and the establishment of security.

For Libya's peace process and stability, it is necessary that foreign armed forces withdraw immediately, the Greek ministry added.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis welcomed as well the election of a new interim government in Libya, in a post on social media on Friday.

On Twitter, he wrote in English: "The election of a new unified Libyan government by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum in Geneva is an important step towards peace in our neighboring country. Congratulations to the new leadership. All actors should support the process towards democratic and free elections in December."

The Greek Embassy at Libya’s capital city Tripoli will reopen forthwith, was announced by the Greek Foreign Ministry on Saturday.

This decision by Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias follows Friday’s election of Mohamed Menfi as head of the presidential council of the new interim government of Libya, along with its members and prime minister, by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) in Geneva.

Accordingly, it was also announced that the due opening of Greece’s Consulate General in Libya’s second-most populous seaport city of Benghazi is also foreseen.

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