The Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for Middle East and North Africa Affairs Andrew Murrison said Tuesday the oil blockade in eastern Libya must stop.
UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said Murrison met the Chairman of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) Mustafa Sanallah and they agreed that the oil blockade in eastern Libya is harming the Libyan economy.
Murrison indicated that the Tripoli-based NOC is the only legitimate institution charged with stewardship of Libya’s oil.
Sanallah said in a video posted on the NOC's Facebook page on Wednesday that the NOC never ceased to warn financial institutions against publishing the oil revenue and expenditure's details as some use them negatively, especially on social media.
He added that oil and gas revenues go to the Central Bank of Libya as the NOC has nothing to do with distribution of these revenues, saying the Berlin conference conclusions hailed the transparency of the NOC and called on other institutions to do the same and that accusing the NOC of supporting terrorism is untrue.
Sanallah renewed his call for reopening the oil ports, saying damage had been caused to the oil wells and electricity generation as well as the Libyan economy in general.