The UN and Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, who also supports Gen Haftar, welcomed the agreement. Egypt also criticized the agreement and called it « illegal. » Turkey is not a signatory to the 1982 UN agreement regulating maritime borders and does not recognize the Southern Republic of Cyprus and its agreements on an exclusive economic zone with Egypt, Lebanon and Israel. Turkey clearly considers Libya to be part of its strategic hinterland in the eastern Mediterranean. It recently signed an economic agreement with Tripoli on energy exploration. But Turkey`s action could make it more isolated and fuel a wider regional crisis. « If Turkey can sign formal agreements with the internationally recognized government, it will be able to guarantee a share of Libyan oil, » he said. Following Haftar`s 2019/20 campaign, Turkey had expressed great concern and had secretly condemned Haftar for destabilizing Libya.  In November 2019, Turkey said it had signed an agreement with the internationally recognized Libyan government on mental borders in the Mediterranean, in addition to an agreement on security and military cooperation (see the Libya-Turkey agreement). This week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan`s communications director, Fahrettin Altun, tweeted that the military agreement would « improve the security of the Libyan people. » However, details of the memorandums signed on Wednesday have yet to be published. Greece has agreed to be the landing point for all migrants who have been rescued as part of the mission, although its main objective is to impose the embargo. The plight of the migrants apprehended during the mission was a sensitive issue, as EU Member States were extremely concerned about the number of refugees and migrants trying to reach Europe from Turkey.
Greece and Turkey have long vied for oil and gas reserves off the disputed island of Cyprus. The conflict has intensified in recent months due to accusations of « moral harassment » by Turkey from Cyprus and EU sanctions. At the end of June, Egypt (Haftar`s supporter) warned Turkey and the GNA against military intervention when the GNA attacked Sirte. The GNA government condemned the warning and called it a declaration of war.   Erdogan will also discuss Libya with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week.