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Six western countries call for calm at Libyan oil ports



The United States, France, Britain, Germany, Spain, and Italy said in a joint statement, on Wednesday, that the tensions over the Zwetina oil port concern them.

The six countries called the Government of National Accord (GNA) urgently to control all of the oil and gas installations. They also called all Libyan parties “to abstain from any act of hostility and avoid all actions that could damage or disrupt energy infrastructure,” according to the statement.

Days earlier, the Oil Facilities Guard (OFG) signed a deal with the GNA to reopen the ports after they announced that they are under the leadership of the GNA. But on the other hand, the opposite military faction under the leadership of General Khalifa Haftar in eastern Libya have threatened to block a resumption of exports.

From its side, the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said, on Sunday, that it was concerned with imminent conflict around Zwetina between the OFG and the Army of Haftar.

The six western countries confirmed, in the statement, their support for the GNA to “find a peaceful solution to the disruptions affecting energy exports in Libya.”

The statement added that “the Government of National Accord must work with the National Oil Corporation to relaunch oil production to rebuild Libya’s economy.”

“Restarting oil exports is crucial for generating revenues needed to provide for the essential needs of the Libyan people, notably electricity, healthcare and infrastructure,” the statement said.

The statement expressed concern over reported rising tensions in Libya that could harm its vital energy infrastructure.