The embassy of the United Kingdom has reiterated on twitter that the independence and integrity of the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) must be protected and respected.
The UK embassy indicated that it shares the views and concerns of the US embassy that commanded the work and leadership of NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla.
The US embassy published tweets by Norland as saying that the NOC is vital to Libya’s stability and prosperity, adding that the NOC has remained politically independent and technically competent under the leadership of Mustafa Sanalla.
The US embassy said they are following with deep concern developments surrounding the NOC, adding that the reported replacement of the NOC board may be contested in court but must not become the subject of armed confrontation.
Despite the rejection of Sanalla and such calls by foreign allies, the newly-appointed Chairman of the NOC, Farhat Bengdara, has assumed office at the Tripoli headquarters of the NOC.
Following this move by Bengdara, a statement by the official Facebook page of the National Oil corporation (NOC) has accused an armed faction affiliated with the Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, of installing Bengdara as new Chairman of the NOC by force after storming the headquarters in Tripoli.