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Haftar Forces, Greece Agreed To Stop Turkish Smuggling, Drilling Ships In East Med

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Haftar Forces, Greece Agreed To Stop Turkish Smuggling, Drilling Ships In East Med

Illustrative image. Source: Libyan National Army media office.

The Libyan National Army (LNA) and Greece have agreed to close the naval route between the Greek island of Crete and Libya’s international waters, LNA Navy commander Maj. Gen Faraj al-Mahdawi revealed on December 13.

In an interview, the Libyan general said that the agreement is aimed at countering Turkish smuggling and drilling ships.

“There is great coordination between Libya and Greece in order to monitor the movement of Turkish ships,” the UAE-based al-Ain TV quoted Maj. Gen al-Mahdawi as saying.

According to the commander, the Hellenic Navy will seize any Turkish ship that would violate Greece’s waters, while the Libyan Navy will sink Turkish vessels that would attempt to drill in Libya’s waters, or smuggle weapons to the country’s western shores.

Last week, the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) reached a controversial maritime agreement with Turkey. The agreement allows Turkish vessels to move and drill in eastern Mediterranean with much freedom.

Greece expelled the GNA’s ambassador from Athena and withdrew its recognition of the government in protest of the agreement.

Al-Mahdawi’s remarks demonstrate that the LNA’s advance on the GNA-held city of Tripoli may have been triggered by the GNA-Turkey agreement. Egyt an the UAE, which are among  the main military backers of the LNA, see the Turkish expansion in Libya as a threat to its interests. Greece is also not interested in the growth of the Turkish influence in the region.

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  • Ronald

    Well well, Greece has finally found their cojones, about time.

  • hhabana

    Nice job you stupid fucking Europeans. If you took a stand against America, you wouldn’t have all the migrants and war at your back door.

    • Wolfgang Wolf

      corrupt european asshole-politsters… the usual problem

      • Jens Holm

        If there was a Nobel price for bad excuses for making no change, I am sure the winners the next many years was drim ME.

    • Jens Holm

      There are no reason for us to take stands against USA more then we do, and certainly no reason at all to join any kind of Your quagmire.

    • Hasbara Hunter

      Europe is taken over by the ZioNazis a couple of Centuries ago…Europe is Fully accomplished in All of America’s Rape & Pillage Wars…We need a thorough cleansing of All them Traitors here in Europe…in my personal opinion a European Revolution will be the best way to accomplish that…but I’m a minority…& Democracy is Simply Majority Rule…Europe is Simmering…Only a tiny spark can be enough to ignite Europe

  • World_Eye

    Nice move Greece keep on going. Crush any smuggling Ottoman ships.

  • Jens Holm

    Turks are allowed to pass by international water but it can delay the transportation and other things.

  • Jabbar Abbo
  • Mehmet Aslanak

    Greece is interested only in safety of Santa Claus among Turkish drones trolling around.

  • lovethemapples

    A new Hybrid war. Greece arms Haftar, Turkey arms (anti-ship missiles)GNA. Sink my ship sink:))))