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GNA responds to failure of its Head’s European tour by punishing German and French companies

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The Minister of Economy of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), who is also a member of the Muslim Brotherhood Group, Ali al-Issawi, issued on Thursday a decree to stop dealing with a group of international companies, notably French oil company TOTAL.

The decree included a number of foreign companies allegedly for violating the Libyan commercial activity law, claiming that the permissions granted to them were terminated, although some of them ended for two and four years ago, and GNA did not regard it, during that period, as a violation

The decree included the suspension of dealing with the French giant companies: Alcatel, Thales and Bruges, as it also stopped dealing with Siemens, the German leader in the electricity sector, which is overseeing the majority of energy projects in Libya.

The decree also stopped the work of some companies operating in the oil sector fields of Zouitina and some maritime fields and others, claiming the end of the authorization granted to them, despite the decree’s obvious political nature, it included one Italian company, Bocelli, in a message to the Italians that it depends on their political position towards the Libyan situation, hinting that larger Italian companies like Eni might be included in the future.

The decree came after a visit that GNA Head, Fayez al-Sarraj, payed to Germany and France yesterday and the day before in search of support against the Libyan National Army (LNA). The visit was described as a failure because of the lack of explicit support where the two countries’ called for a return to the political track in accordance with the Abu Dhabi agreement.


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