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Libya's oil company to 'immediately restart exports' from seized ports

Libya's oil company to 'immediately restart exports' from seized ports

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Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Tuesday it would immediately start working to resume crude exports from ports seized in recent days by forces loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar.

“Our technical teams already started assessing what needs to be done to lift force majeure and restart exports as soon as possible,” NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla said in a statement.

Our technical teams already started assessing what needs to be done to lift force majeure and restart exports as soon as possible.

Starting on Sunday, pro-Haftar forces took control of the ports of Ras Lanuf, Es Sider, Brega and Zueitina from a rival force allied to a U.N.-backed government in Tripoli.

Cautioning against the attacks, the UN envoy Martin Kobler said the UN resolution 2259 “clearly prohibits illegal oil exports” from Libya and stated that the country’s oil installations must be under the authority of the Government of National Accord (GNA).

The United States and five European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK) have together called on “all military forces that have moved into the oil crescent to withdraw immediately, without preconditions”.

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