World Greece calls for foreign forces to quit Libya
Greece accuses Turkey of trying to provoke it with migrant boats
Turkish minister Ismail Catakli rejects claims, accusing Greece of pushing back 231 migrants in seven incidents.Greece and Turkey disagree on a range of issues, including energy resources in the Mediterranean Sea, and tensions between the NATO allies rose last year when thousands of asylum seekers in Turkey tried to storm the Greek land border.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias called Monday for the pullout of foreign forces from Libya, during a visit to the eastern city of Benghazi.
European Union members have been quick to boost ties with Libya since a new government took office last month seeking to end decades of chaos in the country.
Oil-rich Libya has been torn by conflict since the toppling of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in a 2011 NATO-backed revolt, with rival forces backed by foreign players vying for power.
Malta to reopen Libya embassy, resume flights
Malta is to reopen its embassy in Libya and resume flights to the war-ravaged North African state, visiting Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela said Monday. "We are going to reopen our embassy and our consulate in Libya in the coming days," Abela told a news conference in Tripoli, standing alongside Libyan interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah.Malta is the latest European Union member to boost ties with Tripoli, as Libya seeks to end a decade of chaos following a NATO-backed 2011 revolt.
Interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, tasked with steering Libya to elections in December, has demanded the departure of an estimated 20,000 mercenaries and foreign fighters from his country.
A January deadline for their withdrawal passed without any sign of them pulling out.
"Supporting Libyan sovereignty and the departure of all foreign forces from Libya as soon as possible" hold the key to resolving Libya's conflict, Dendias said in a joint statement with Libya's deputy premier, Hussein Attiya al-Gotrani.
"The Libyan people must be allowed to decide their destiny by themselves," Dendias added.
He said Greece would reopen its consulate Monday in Benghazi, Libya's second city and the cradle of the 2011 revolt.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited Tripoli last week to reopen his country's embassy, closed since 2014.
France and Malta have also reopened their Tripoli embassies and a growing number of European officials have been visiting Libya.
Libya: The UN ceasefire monitoring mission is gradually putting .
© AFP Photo / Gianluigi Guercia (2011 archive image) A general view of a petrochemical installation in The city rich in oil from Ras Lanouf about 150 kilometers east of Syrte, gateway to the oil crescent. The UN Security Council approved, yesterday Friday, unanimously, two resolutions concerning Libya. The first endorses Libyan progress towards peace and security in Libya since the October ceasefire.