Tripoli protests prospecting south of Crete

The interim government of Tripoli claims Greece is conducting illegal prospecting south of Crete in areas it says are under Libya's jurisdiction. 

The issue was raised last week through a letter sent to the Greek ambassador, Nikos Garilidis. 

Tellingly, the letter was delivered shortly before the meeting between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, raising suspicion that Turkey had a hand in the matter. 

Turkey exerts considerable influence on the government of Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, as demonstrated by the Turkish-Libyan maritime memorandum and the agreements linked to it for joint Turkish-Libyan research within the alleged Libyan continental shelf. All these agreements were concluded by Dbeibah's government and his predecessor, Fayez al-Sarraj, in return for Ankara's support in the Libyan civil war.

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