Greece’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday announced it is immediately reopening its embassy in Libya’s capital, Tripoli and a consulate in Benghazi.
The announcement came a day after UN sponsored talks led to a new interim government for Libya, headed by the President-elect of the Presidential Council (PC), Mohammad Menfi.
“In light of yesterday’s developments – and specifically the election of the interim President of the Presidency Council, Mohammad Menfi, its Members and the Prime Minister of Libya by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum – by decision of Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias, the Greek Embassy in Tripoli will reopen,” the Greek Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“In parallel, the necessary procedures will be undertaken to open a Consulate General of Greece in Benghazi,” the statement further reads.
Reacting to the election results, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis congratulated the new leadership and stressed that “all actors should support the process towards democratic and free elections in December,” reacting to the election results”.
Menfi served for many years as Libya’s ambassador to Greece, however he was expelled in December 2019, after the Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez-al-Sarraj signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Turkey on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea.