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G7 calls on Libyan factions not to ‘exploit oil for their own interests ‘

The Group of Seven has called on disputing parties in Libya not to exploit oil installations for political gains.

During their annual summit on April 5-6 in Dinard, France, the seven countries stressed that Libyans should benefit from the revenues of oil installations.

Since the ouster of Muammer Gaddafi, the two main rivals in Libya, Haftar in the east and the head of Government of the National Accord (GNA) Faiez al-Sarraj in Tripoli, have not only been fighting for power but also for seizing Libya’s main resource of the economy, oil.

The LNA has already controlled some oil fields in the south during its military operation to “rid the region from terrorists and armed groups.”

Meanwhile, the G7 urged the General Commander of Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar to support the political operation led by the United Nations to hold the elections and unify state institutions and not to resort to a military solution.

“We are agreed that we must use all the possibilities at our disposal to exert pressure on those responsible in Libya especially General Haftar, so that we avoid any further military escalation. We all agreed,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said.

Haftar has resorted to the military option to expel terrorists in the west and build state institution as he said in his Thursday speech while declaring “the operation to liberate Libya.”

Thus far, Haftar controlled Gharyan, al Heithi, Tripoli Airport, Qasr Beni Ghashi and Wadi el-Rabei following clashes with forces loyal to Sarraj.

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