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UNSMIL’s deputy head rejects any threats to Libya’s National Oil Corporation

The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Stephanie Williams met with the Chairman of the National Oil Corporation Mustafa Sanalllah in Tripoli, expressing the UN’s unrelenting support for the independence of the NOC and the rejection of any threats made against NOC and its staff.

The meeting with Sanallah took place at NOC Tripoli headquarters on Saturday.

The two sides discussed the security situation across the country and the pressure exerted on the NOC by various armed groups through illegal interference in NOC operations and administration, according to an NOC statement.

On the other hand, Sanallah stressed that NOC considers fighting fuel smuggling a priority, explaining to Williams that the steps taken and plans of the corporation to counter smuggling, and aid the delivery of fuel to all areas of Libya.

He also indicated that the international community and neighboring countries should play a bigger role in support of Libya, calling on all Libyan institutions to adhere to the principle of transparency and governance, especially with regard to the distribution of oil revenues.

Williams expressed the full support of the UN to NOC as the sole legitimate authority responsible for the oil and gas sector in Libya, wishing that the Board of Directors succeed in delivering the strategic plans for the sector despite ongoing challenges.

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