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Turkish president slams Greek decision to expel Libyan envoy

Istanbul: Greece’s decision to expel the Libyan ambassador over an agreement between Turkey and Libya on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea was a “scandal,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.
“So they (Greece) made a scandalous decision ... They deported the Libyan ambassador. So what happened? What have you gained?” Erdogan told his party members in Istanbul.
Erdogan signed the deal with Fayez Serraj, the head of Libya’s UN-backed government, on November 27 in Istanbul. Ankara backs Serraj against a rival military group in Libya’s east. Erdogan charged the deal covering military cooperation and marine jurisdictions had “foiled games” in the Mediterranean region.
The deal comes on the heels of Turkish offshore drilling activities near Cyprus which have angered the European Union and Greek Cypriots on the divided island.
“We have rights there as guarantor country. We will use our rights based on international law until the very end,” Erdogan said. Turkey continues gas exploration activities off Cyprus with two drilling and two research vessels, Erdogan added. (DPA)