TDN World Desk: Greece said on Friday that Libya’s ambassador to the country was to be expelled following a controversial maritime accord signed by Tripoli and Ankara on November 27.
The deal maps out a sea boundary between Turkey and Libya close to the Greek island of Crete.
The Greek foreign minister, Nikos Dendias, said the ambassador, Mohamed Younis AB Menfi, had been summoned to the ministry in the morning to be informed of the decision. Greece has given 72 hours time to the Libyan envoy to leave the country. Turkey’s foreign minister condemned the move as outrageous.
“Expelling an ambassador just because of the (agreement) that we signed is not a mature behaviour in diplomacy. This is outrageous,” Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted by Euro News.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias asserted the Turkey-Libyan accord a “blatant violation of international law”.
Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Siyala told Reuters: “The move is unacceptable.”