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UK calls for ending oil blockade in Libya

United Kingdom’s 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.

The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said Murrison met the Chairman of Libya’s National Oil Corporation Mustafa Sanalla and they agreed that the oil blockade in eastern Libya is harming both the Libyan people and economy.

Murrison added that the Tripoli-based NOC is the only legitimate institution charged with stewardship of Libya’s oil.

Meanwhile, Sanalla warned in a speech at Chatham House in London on Monday that the international stance that is allowing the oil blockade in Libya to continue is unprecedented, calling on the UK, France, and the US to take the needed measures to stop the blockade and end foreign intervention.

He also called on the international community not to reward those who blockaded the oil in Libya as it would encourage them to repeat the same act again.

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