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NOC : Libya loses millions per month because of Presidency Council

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The NOC (National Oil Corporation) underlined economical consequences of Libyan division on a statement on Wednesday. Libya is losing $250 million per month due to a commercial dispute between the National Oil Corporation (NOC) and one of its foreign partner. The NOC clarified that the dispute with Germany’s Wintershall was resulted by Presidency Council (PC) resolution 270, which stripped the NOC of its powers. “We would be producing almost 1 million bpd if it were not for Wintershall’s refusal to implement terms it agreed to in 2010. Resolution 270 was written to allow Wintershall to evade its obligations”. NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanallah said. The PC resolution gives the power to Tripoli in term of oil production supervision over the country, as well as purposed and develop legislations around oil production. However, in despite of this resolution, Libyan oil production reached 800,000 bpd last month, higher production since 2014.

Caid Essebsi “warmly” congratulates Macron

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President Essebsi warmly congratulated  new President of France Emmanuel Macron. Essebsi said that his congratulation came from all Tunisian people, and that this is an encouragement to the “noble mission”. He added that election of Macron is a symbol of traditional French values: freedom, equality and fraternity. He reminded traditional relationship between the two countries, renewing the strength bilateral cooperation in all fields. President Essebsi said that with new President, France will improve its help to stabilize the Country. He then auspicated a major dialogue between Tunisia and France to fight terrorism, to stabilize Libya and Syria, to bring the Country in the hearth of interests of European Union, with the aim of build  peace in the region. He added that France will help Tunisia to develop green economy,  digital transition and blue economy.

NOC’s Sanalla confident Libya will reach oil production targets.

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NOC reaffirms its objectives for next year, in term of Oil production. Libya’s National Oil Corporation chairman, Mustafa Sanalla has dismissed claims by international oil experts that Libya will be unable to increase its oil production to its intended target of 800,000 bpd in 2017 or even by 2018. At a London energy conference in January this year, Sanalla had predicted that oil production could reach 1.25 million bpd by the end of 2017 and 1.6 million bpd by 2022. NOC’s chairman told that the target is reachable, the reduction of Libyan production was due to division inside the country and the control of some pipelines by some militias, the NOC affirms that everything is under its own control now.

Boris Jhonson promises to review travel warning for Tunisia.

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British Foreign Minister Boris Jhonson made a brief visit on Tunisia on Wednesday. He promised to review the travel alert for the Country. He expressed to his counterpart Khemaies Jhinaoui british will to improve bilateral relations between two countries, especially in economic and financial fields, now that United Kingdom is leaving European Union. They talked about social and economic investments, about  teaching of English language in Tunisia, the improve of technologies and finance. They talked about the situation in Libya, Boris Jhonson admired the role of Tunisian government to resolve the civil conflict, in particularly the Tunis Declaration. Foreign Minister of Tunisia asked to Boris Jhonson to improve investments in the Country, and he renewed his call to recall the travel warning for Tunisia, “because”, he said, “Tunisia has the same level of security of the biggest European capital thanks to the collaboration with its partner, in particular with United Kingdom”.


In 2016 Libya ‘‘continued to worsen and slide on all economic, security and social fronts"

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New report from the Audit Bureau, based in Tripoli, gave it back is report on Libyan global situation for last year. In its 623-page 2016 Annual Report published on 26 April, the Tripoli-based Audit Bureau said that in 2016 Libya ‘‘continued to worsen and slide on all economic, security and social fronts’’ which it depicted as the ‘‘worse periods that Libya has passed through’’. It was an ‘‘exceptional period filled with dangers in the absence of most state authorities’’ which inflicted physical damage on citizens and the state. One of the main reason of this failure is Libyan division since December 2015, between Tobruck and Tripoli. And some institutions, as the CBL (Central Bank of Libya), work in a complete isolation. The Report exposed the GNA’s lack of competences to plan a real policy for Libya. As a result, 2016, was the worth year in term of financial revenue for the country.

Hafter in Abu Dhabi amid rumours of planned meeting with Serraj

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A new Libyan-Libyan dialogue could be in preparation between both parts of Libyan political spectrum, indeed, Hafter flew from Benghazi’s Benina Airport, on 1st May, to Abu Dhabi, and according to speculations, he could meet Faiez Serraj, president of the GNA (Government of National Accord) there. According to a statement from the Libyan National Army General Command media office, the visit is at the invitation of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy commander of the UAE armed forces. However, there have been constant rumours over the past three or four days of an encounter between him and Serraj having been organised by the Emiratis.

LNA airstrikes again hit Tamenhint and Jufra.

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New violences deplored in Libya, on cities of Tamenhint and Jufra. On Saturday, both cities had been injured, however at this moment, causalities are unknown. Both bases are held by Misrata’s Third Force – Tamenhint in alliance with members of the local Hasawna tribe. The Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) were present in Jufra until earlier this month, but then pulled out. Thus, the ceasefire, pronounced in Tammenhint had been broken with this attack. Meanwhile, a new but uneasy truce has begun between the rival Tebu and Awlad Sulaiman communities in Sebha. Four days ago, there were clashes between the two communities in central Sebha following the Tebu confiscation of an Awlad Sulaiman gas truck. Both sides have now withdrawn to the original checkpoints they held, with the Tebu moving south of Sebha airport.

EU to cooperate with Libya on rebuilding state institutions.

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Carmelo Abela, Malta’s minister for home affairs and national security, told, in front of an inter-parliamentary conference on the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), that his country and his European and Mediterranean partners, will engage all their effort to sustain a the Libyan rebuilt process, to recreate a fundamental component for the Libyan State. However, Malta’s minister told that current instability in Libya is due to Tripoli’s weakness since December 2015, and their lose of power over the country. “Aside from being an essential pre-condition for the welfare of the Libyan population and the resurgence of the Libyan economy, stability in Libya is also fundamental for its neighbours’ security”.

Libya refused international requests to strike migrant smuggling militias.

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Mohamed Siala, Deputy Foreign Minister of the GNA (Government  of National Accord-Tripoli), has admitted that Libya had received ‘‘international requests’’ to carry out ‘‘military strikes within Libya against militias’’ engaged in smuggling illegal migrants. Indeed, the country is corrupt by a lot of oil smuggler, whose have an impact on Libyan economy. Siala insisted that Libya ‘‘would not be Europe’s policeman”. Europe had “to accept its responsibilities. Libya must not defend Europe’s borders’’. He also suggested that Europe, rather than Libya, should pay for the proposed sophisticated electronic southern border security system. Its a clear message to Europe, which try to use Libya as a shed to protect itself from migrations waves.


Libya’s press and media are among the world’s least free.

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Reporters without Borders, has declassified Libya in its annual report. In its annual report released yesterday, the French watchdog put Libya 163 of the 180 countries it surveyed. It noted that since the Revolution in 2011, more than 50 journalists had fled into exile after colleagues had been murdered, kidnapped or beaten up. Moreover, the climate of repression is worsening. Libya’s ranking was one slot down over last year. The organisation accused Libya to be a theatre for kidnapping and execution of journalists, but also of psychological pressure on them. Reporters Without Borders, asks international community to take in consideration the statue of these journalists to protect them.


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