On Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry welcomed the decision made by Libyan authorities to resume oil exports in the near future. The Ministry considered it a first step towards strengthening confidence between the conflicting parties in the country.
In press statements, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said: “According to the information received, the leadership of the Libyan National Army has taken a decision to resume oil exports for a month.”
“It has taken this step after consulting with the Libyan Parliament, the interim government affiliated to it which is headed by Abdullah Al-Thinni and the sheiks of some tribes, in addition to representatives of the administration of western Libya,” she added.
“It is assumed that the revenues will be distributed fairly throughout the country,” Zakharova explained.
She went on saying: “In order to settle the contentious issues, the Government of National Accord (GNA) represented by its Vice Chairman Ahmed Maiteeq, and the leadership of the Libyan National Army, signed an agreement regarding the formation of a special committee.”
Zakharova added, “We welcome this decision and consider it a first step towards building confidence between the warring Libyan parties and establishing constructive cooperation for the benefit of all Libyans, in order to overcome the repercussions of the civil conflict and restore the country’s unity.”
On Friday, the High Commander of the Libyan National Army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced the decision to resume the production and exports of Libyan oil to prevent the further deterioration of the economic situation in the country.