Why is Greece Still Supporting Haftar?

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Greece has been left in a decent nook after betting on East Libya-based warlord Khalifa Haftar, a Turkey-based scholar has stated.

After Haftar’s 2019 army marketing campaign to recapture the capital Tripoli failed, lots of his allies gave up on him. More just lately, he misplaced key cities following an operation by the Tripoli-based reliable authorities of Libya.

However, Greece formally maintains talks with japanese Libya.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias on Wednesday paid a two-day go to to Tobruk, throughout which he met with Aguila Saleh, head of the pro-Haftar House of Representatives. 

According to an announcement by the Tobruk-based parliament, the 2 sides mentioned methods to boost bilateral ties together with commerce and Dendias expressed curiosity in opening a Greek consulate in Benghazi metropolis which is beneath the management of Haftar’s militia.

The Greek place has develop into worse as “everyone is giving up on Haftar especially after the last French position,” stated Ali Bakeer, a political analyst.

French President Emmanuel Macron just lately stated that Paris doesn’t assist Haftar or battle in Libya, however backs political and peaceable resolution.

“I think that Greece is now conducting a similar maneuver, but in a way that guarantees its interests,” the political skilled stated. 

Maritime border

Greece is looking for to keep up its maritime border challenge by way of japanese Libya as a backdoor, avoiding the reliable authorities.

Greece “claims 33,000 square kilometers [over 9600 square nautical miles] in Libyan waters,” Bakeer stated.

“However, I think that considering the Libyan people, any Libyan side that cedes Libya’s rights in [the Mediterranean Sea] waters will be considered as a traitor, thus I think this is a lost bet,” Bakeer asserted.

Solving the maritime points with Libya has develop into vital for Greece, particularly after failing to signal a maritime demarcation with Egypt. Such agreements have develop into vital with the elevated discoveries of pure fuel within the japanese a part of the Mediterranean Sea.

“I do not think that they [the Greeks] are in a position to make gains, on the contrary, if Greece wants to guarantee its interests, it must adjust its policy and stance to support the Libyan legitimate government and try to resolve any possible disputes through talks,” Bakeer stated.

He burdened that “feeding internal Libyan conflicts through supporting eastern Libya could lead to greater repercussions, that could mount up to the division of Libya and causing regional wars that will impact Greece in the long run.”

Commenting on Athens’s curiosity in establishing a consulate in Benghazi, the political researcher stated the rift could be deepened in Libya if Greece or its allies supported a facet in opposition to one other.

Whether supporting the Tobruk-based parliament or the self-proclaimed Tobruk authorities, each would result in “raising instability and perhaps the emergence of terrorism in the future,” Bakeer stated.

Libya has been torn by civil battle because the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The nation’s new authorities was based in 2015 beneath a UN-led settlement, however efforts for a long-term political settlement failed resulting from a army offensive by Haftar’s forces.

The UN acknowledges the Libyan authorities headed by Fayez al-Sarraj because the nation’s reliable authority as Tripoli battles Haftar’s militias.

The authorities launched Operation Peace Storm in opposition to Haftar in March to counter Haftar’s assaults on the capital Tripoli, and just lately liberated strategic areas, together with Tarhuna, Haftar’s closing stronghold in western Libya.

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