National Oil Corporation (NOC) chairman, Eng. Mustafa Sanalla, met at NOC headquarters in Tripoli today, Monday, August 17, 2020 with the German Foreign Minister, Mr Heiko Maas, in the presence of the members of the Board of Directors Abulgasem Shengheer and Elamari Mohamed Elamari and a number of NOC senior staff, to discuss joint relations, illegal blockades on oil facilities and Germany’s efforts to solve the Libyan crisis.
During the meeting, the economic and environmental damages resulting from the blockade and the risks arising from them were discussed in relation to public safety, especially due to the militarization of facilities and the presence of foreign mercenaries inside them. The meeting also addressed the importance of financial transparency in parallel with the restoration of security arrangements, the need to evacuate oil facilities from mercenaries and all manifestations of military presence, making them demilitarized buffer zones so that the NOC’s employees can perform their work without jeopardizing their lives, and not to use oil as a political bargaining chip, sparing it from military conflict.
Mr Maas emphasized the need for an immediate end to the blockade and Germany’s support for NOC’s efforts to resume production and stressed its important role in preserving the unity of Libya.