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In response to NOC Chair statements, PFG denies issuing instructions to suspend oil exports

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

The Libyan Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) denied that the head of PFG, Major General Naji al-Maghribi, instructed oil port monitors to suspend exporting oil.

In a statement, PFG described the statements of the Chair of the Tripoli-based National Oil Corporation (NOC), Mustafa Sanalla, as allegations, denying al-Maghribi’s issuance of any instructions in this regard.

The statement stressed that stopping the export of oil came based on the decision of the Libyan tribes and cities forum, held at the oil port of Zuitina, indicating that the matter concerns the Libyan people.

The statement pointed out that PFG Command respects the will of the Libyan people, and is continuing to perform its national duty of guarding, protecting, and securing the oil facilities.

NOC Chair, Mustafa Sanalla, had asked the Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR), Aqila Saleh, to intervene to cancel the decision to close oil ports and fields in the central and eastern regions, “in the interest of the public interest.”

In a letter from NOC to HoR on Saturday, Sanalla said Maj. Gen. Naji al-Maghribi, head of PFG and Colonel Ali al-Gilani, from Sirte Grand Operations Room of the Libyan National Army (LNA), issued instructions to port monitors and companies operating the ports of Sidra, Brega, Ras Lanuf, Zuitina and Al-Harika, to close those ports and the suspend exports from them.

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