From Washington to Benghazi, East Med Brinkmanship Builds - The Libyan Report

From Washington to Benghazi, East Med Brinkmanship Builds

Moves by the United States to step up security ties with Greece and Cyprus have coincided with an intensifying battle for control over energy resources in the East Mediterranean, with Athens and Ankara appearing to court opposing sides in the war in Libya.

A flurry of diplomatic activity has followed the signing in November of a maritime and military pact between Turkey and Libya’s United Nations-recognised Government of National Accord, GNA, which seeks to create an exclusive economic zone from Turkey’s southern shore to Libya’s northeastern coast.

Ankara says it simply wants “fair sharing” of Mediterranean gas resources, while Greece and Cyprus say the deal violates international maritime law.

In late December, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias raised eyebrows when he travelled to eastern Libya to meet Benghazi-based strongman Khalifa Haftar, whose Libyan National Army, LNA, is fighting to take Tripoli from the GNA. source