US urges Libyan politicians to abandon threats of oil blockade

The ambassador of the United States (US) Richard Norland has said, according to the US embassy in Libya on Twitter, that “Washington urges Libyan political actors to abandon threats of an oil shutdown that would be highly destructive to Libya’s economy and hurt all Libyans.”

The US ambassador and special envoy to Libya called on Libyan leaders to implement an inclusive revenue management mechanism as a constructive way to address grievances over distribution of oil revenues and instill transparency, without compromising Libya’s economic health or the apolitical nature of the National Oil Corporation.”

Calls for blockading oil production and exports have been made over the last few days by different parties, especially in eastern Libya, as a pressing card for political gain.

The east-based House of Representatives (HoR) discussed actions on the oil industry this week., according to local media reports.

Libya Oil and Gas Minister, Mohammed Oun, expressed his concerns over the threats in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat.

Libyan oil production collapsed in 2020 because of blockades, casting a shadow over its finances. However, since the war on Tripoli ended in mid-2020, and the advent of the Government of National Unity, Libyan oil production recovered to about 1.2 million barrels per day.


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