Mandatory Credit: Turkish Foreign Ministry

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu commented on the expulsion of Libyan Ambassador to Athens Mohamed Younis A.B. Menfi from Greece, on Friday, during a press conference from Rome, where he is currently participating in the Mediterranean Dialogue Forum.

The decision to expel the Libyan Ambassador was taken after Libya signed an accord with Turkey on November 27, mapping out a maritime boundary between both countries in the Mediterranean, close to the Greek island of Crete. Athens views the accord as an "infringement on its sovereignty" that could complicate its decades-old disputes with Turkey over Cyprus and maritime rights in the Aegean Sea.

According to Greek media sources, Athens has sent military reinforcements to its naval base in Crete.

Mandatory Credit: Turkish Foreign Ministry

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