Libya and Turkey sign maritime border agreement

In one of what has been seen internationally as one of the more curious maritime agreements, the internationally recognized government in Libya has signed with Turkey an agreement on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea.

The deal could further complicate disputes between Turkey and Cyprus over energy exploration.

Turkey announced the agreement on Thursday November 28th. It gave no details of the MoU and did not specify where Turkish and Libyan waters meet.

Egypt said the deal was illegal, while Greece said any such accord would be geographically absurd because it ignored the presence of the Greek island of Crete between the coasts of Turkey and Libya.

The government in eastern Libya, where rival political factions have been based since 2014, said the maritime agreement was illegitimate.

In June, Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) said they had cut all ties with Turkey and that all Turkish commercial flights or ships trying to access Libya would be treated as hostile.