The statement of the General Commander of the Libyan National Army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, on Friday afternoon in which he announced the resumption of oil production from the Libyan fields and ports, was the closing scene of a round of talks that lasted nearly a month.
The round of talks in Russia was attended by Libyan personalities within the framework of what was called a “Libyan-Libyan dialogue” under Russian sponsorship only, in order to facilitate dialogue and reach understandings to manage the economic situation and monetary policy in the two Libyan governments and the accord.
On the part of the Government of National Accord, there was a deputy in the Presidency Council, Ahmed Maitiq, who had previously visited Russia and met there officials from the presidency and the government, and on the part of the National Army and the Libyan government there was a Emrajea Ghaith, who now holds the position of Minister of Finance and is assigned by Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni.
According to what an informed source told 218, negotiations began at the end of last August and several controversial issues were discussed that were a major cause of the low level of services, the collapse of currency markets and poor government performance.
Among the issues that were discussed was the issue of setting a unified exchange rate and ending the chaos occurring in this section, especially with the presence of more than one price at the same time, as well as how to bear the inflated public debt by the Libyan governments and the reconciliation, as well as how to extract a unified budget from Tripoli that the government allocations will go to, from m the Libyan ones to the account of the Ministry of Finance in the Central Bank of Libya, Benghazi.
The extensive discussions in Russia between the Ghaith and Ahmed Maitiq touched on the file of oil revenues that are the most prominent on the scene, as it was agreed that revenues would be subject to strict and severe control and that there would be ratios in relation to the salaries section, which is the first chapter that will be outside the division of revenues where the consolidated budget will cover salaries, including those of the armed forces.
The division of revenues, according to what the source said, is 60% for the Government of National Accord, compared to 40% for the Libyan government, taking into consideration the issue of securing oil fields and ports, which, according to what was agreed upon in Russia, will be entrusted to the Petroleum Facilities Guard of the General Command of the National Army.