The US Embassy Received Assurances From Haftar About The Resumption Of Oil Production In Libya
The US Embassy in Libya said that the Libyan National Army (LNA) had conveyed messages to the US government about the personal commitment of its commander, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, to fully restore the country's energy sector and resume oil production.
"The LNA subsequently conveyed to the US government General Haftar's personal commitment to allow the full opening of the energy sector no later than September 12," the Embassy said in a statement released after an exchange of letters between Haftar and US Ambassador Richard Norland.
The American Embassy added that it welcomes the restoration of the National Oil Corporation in Libya. The United States also supports a financial model that guarantees that oil and gas revenues will be distributed openly and used for the benefit of the Libyan people.
In August, the speaker of the Parliament sitting in Eastern Libya, Aguila Saleh, said that oil production and exports were resuming in the country. At the same time, according to him, "the proceeds from it will be frozen in a special account until a political settlement is reached."
Most of Libya's oil fields and ports have been closed since January due to the blocking of oil facilities amid military operations in the country. In Libya, the confrontation continues between the government of the national accord (NTC) of Fayez Sarraj, which controls Tripoli and territories in the West of the country, and the Libyan national army under the command of Haftar, which cooperates with the Parliament sitting in the East. The NTC is supported by Turkey and Qatar, while the LNA is supported by Egypt and the UAE.
In an exchange of letters between Ambassador Norland and Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Haftar, as well as in recent discussions with a broad range of Libyan leaders, the Ambassador underscored U.S. confidence in the NOC and support for a financial model that would constitute a credible guarantee that oil and gas revenues would be managed transparently and preserved for the benefit of the Libyan people.