On Monday, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Ahmed Maiteeq, said that the country’s oil production has exceeded one million barrels per day. He anticipates a further increase during the coming weeks and a relative breakthrough in the electricity crisis after sufficient supplies of gas and diesel fuel are pumped to power plants.
Maiteeq added that all this was achieved following the agreement signed between the Libyan National Army (LNA), and the GNA to resume oil production.
In a statement, he said that the resumption of oil production paved the way for effective dialogue to reach a permanent ceasefire, as well as open up doors for a comprehensive national reconciliation, and the continuation of many development projects. He called on the National Oil Corporation (NOC) to maintain the current production rates, and work to restore production levels from before the blockade.
Maiteeq pointed out that it is important for the Libyan people to realize that keeping the country’s oil installations and facilities away from any political disputes is a national duty. This is to preserve the main source of the population’s livelihood. He also highlighted the important and vital role being played by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), which is the sponsor of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), in reaching compromises between the Libyan parties.
The deputy called on all participants of the LPDF in Tunis to work together, and urged them to prioritize the national interest, and ensure an end to the political and institutional divisions throughout the country. This should be pave the way for holding transparent elections, and end the current transitional stage in Libya.