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Egypt condemns Libyan-Turkish deals on maritime cooperation

CAIRO, Egypt– Authorities in Egypt have condemned the signing of two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) between Turkey and Libya’s UN-backed government prime ministers on maritime borders and security.

On Thursday, the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement that was illegal and non-binding.

“The two MoUs have no legal effect, they cannot be officially recognized in light of the Skhirat Agreement’s Article 8, which stipulates that the Libyan government or the cabinet, not the prime minister, has the authority to sign international agreements,” the Egyptian foreign ministry said.

The Egyptian government believes the current Government of National Accord in Libya lacks full representation of all Libya’s regions in addition to the current government having a caretaker cabinet with limited powers, a statement added.

“Such deals are not binding or affecting the interests and the rights of any third parties,” it added.

The deals will have no influence on maritime border mechanism in the eastern Mediterranean area, it added.

Last Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the prime minister of Libya’s internationally recognized government, Fayez Serraj signed two MoUs on security and maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean.

In the wake of the two MoUs, the Egyptian foreign ministry has called on the international community to oppose what it calls this “negative move,” which comes at a critical time amid international efforts to facilitate a comprehensive solution to the Libyan crisis in a way that protects the country’s unity and restores its national institutions.

The ministry also expressed Egypt’s concern over how such agreements could impact the Libyan talks in Berlin.

Last Thursday, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, in a phone call with his Greek and Cypriot counterparts, discussed the two deals.

The three top diplomats agreed that the two deals have “no legal effect.”

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