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US Amb renews the call to open Libyan oil ports

The Libyan Address Journal

The US embassy in Libya said that Ambassador Richard Norland met on Wednesday with the head of the Tripoli-based Oil Corporation, Mustafa Sanalla, to discuss developments in Libya, most notably the closure of oil fields and ports.

The embassy added in an official statement that Norland renewed the call to open oil fields and ports in the country and that the US was closely monitoring the humanitarian effects of the conflict, including the exacerbation of fuel shortages and power outages in the Benghazi area and throughout Libya.

Norland also stressed the importance of resuming Libyan military negotiations in Geneva after the “National Accord” government suspended its participation, noting that the talks “must be resumed quickly in order to make progress towards the long-awaited ceasefire, and the withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries.”

A number of Libyan tribes in Cyrenaica and Fezzan have closed the oil fields and terminal in protest against the policies of the Tripoli government headed by Fayez al-Sarraj.

Sheikh Saleh Al-Atyoush, one of the prominent tribal leaders in Libya, said that the al-Sarraj’s government, the National Oil Corporation, and the Tripoli Central Bank are using oil revenues to finance the war and bring in mercenaries from Syria and Turkey with huge sums, while millions of Libyans suffer a cash liquidity crisis and poor services in various sectors.

“Oil revenues must be distributed fairly among all Libyans, and not be a card in the hands of extremist militias in Tripoli,” al-Atyoush said.

“The policy of exploiting oil revenues to finance conflicts that the Gaddafi regime used to follow must end, and the authorities in Tripoli must end corruption and financing terrorists to kill Libyans with their own money,” al-Atyoush added.


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