On Saturday, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Oil Corporation (NOC), Mustafa Sanallah, held a meeting with the Ambassador of Malta to Libya, Charles Saliba, and his accompanying delegation. The two discussed means of cooperation regarding the oil and gas domain.
The two sides also discussed developing communication channels that would serve the interest of both countries.
Sanallah stated that the two countries had distinguished geographical and historical relations that extend for many years.
Sanallah expressed his appreciation that the work and coordination of the Maltese government with the NOC would take place by all possible means to combat the phenomenon of smuggling that has plagued the Libyan state in light of the tragic circumstances the country is going through.
He added that Malta, as a neighbouring country to Libya, could carry out a prominent role and contribute to the return of its stability.
For his part, the Maltese ambassador praised the depth of the relationship between the two countries. “The stability of Libya is part of the stability of Malta,” he said, noting the economic relationship between the two countries goes back for 20 years.
Saliba pointed out that the main purpose of the visit was to discuss cooperation in the oil field with the NOC.
The officials discussed many issues of concern to the oil sector in Libya, including the possibility of activating the memorandum of understanding concluded between the two countries in 2013, which provides for oil cooperation between Libya and Malta.
They discussed the development of the Tripoli oil clinic in several areas, like updating the analysis laboratories, the operating rooms, and training medical personnel in the sanatorium as well as improving their efficiency.
Sanallah also assured that there are many great opportunities for cooperation between the two countries, such as contracting, logistics and communications, and other aspects required in the Libyan oil sector, but this will not occur until stability is restored to Libya.