Italy sees Turkish-Libyan maritime deal as illegal, says Greek foreign minister

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said on Tuesday Italy viewed the maritime agreement between Turkey and Libya's internationally recognised government as illegal and groundless, Greek newspaper Kathimerini reported.

Turkey signed a maritime agreement with Libya’s United Nations-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in November, claiming large parts of the eastern Mediterranean as Turkish waters. Athens says the deal ignores the territorial waters of its own islands.

After a meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, Dendias said the deal attempted to usurp Greek sovereign rights and Italy also defined the maritime deal as illegal and groundless.

Turkey is at odds with Greece and Cyprus over potentially rich gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean. Turkey’s claim to territory in the eastern Mediterranean would block plans by Greece, Cyprus, Egypt and Israel to pipe gas from the region to Europe. All of the countries have objected to the Turkish-Libyan agreement.