Turkey warns over transfer of Libya’s oil facilities

According to Mikrofonnews Agency (MHA), Turkey has expressed concern over attempts to hand over the control of oil facilities located in Libya’s Oil Crescent to non-entitled companies.

A statement released by Turkish Foreign Ministry on Friday warns the decision will damage international efforts for preserving peace, stability, and tranquility in the country.

“We are deeply concerned about efforts to hand over the oil facilities in the east of Libya to the non-entitled companies. We are concerned attempts to illegitimately manage natural resources belonging to all of the Libyan people”, the statement said.

The concern was raised by Turkey after the military commander of Libya Khalifa Haftar announced that oil ports held by his forces would be handed over to a rival oil corporation in the country’s east instead of the UN-recognized National Oil Corporation (NOC).

Turkey says management of the oil resources in Libya should only be given to Libya’s National Oil Company operating under the government of the country.

Ahmed Mismari, a spokesman for Haftar’s forces, said the move aimed to prevent oil revenues from being used to fund militias. The unity government described Haftar’s decision as “irresponsible and a direct and dangerous threat to the interests of the people”.