On Tuesday, Libyan Parliament Speaker, Ageela Saleh, held a meeting with members of the Supreme Council of the Oil and Gas Basin, and members of the General Union of Oil and Gas Workers. They discussed the situation of the oil and gas basin area, and oil installations in the country.
The meeting was attended by the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Parliament, and the Chairman of the Follow-up Committee of the National Oil Corporation (NOC), Yousef Al-Agouri.
During the meeting, they discussed the suffering of the average citizen resulting from the closure of the oil ports. The embargo has also reportedly caused damage to the infrastructure of these ports.
Members of the General Union of Oil and Gas Workers declared their support for Saleh’s initiatives in a statement after the meeting. These initiatives call for the resumption and export of oil and gas production, the end of suffering for Libyan citizens, the preservation of the country’s energy and food supply infrastructure, and finally the fair distribution of oil revenues.
Oil, the lifeline of Libya’s economy, has long been a key factor in the civil war. Rival authorities jostle for control of oil fields and state revenues. Libya has the ninth-largest known oil reserves in the world and the largest oil reserves in Africa.