Southern Libya remains a region of endemic instability wracked by communal conflict, a shortage of basic services, rampant smuggling, and fragmented or collapsed institutions. The region has long existed on the periphery of Libya’s politics and international concerns—but that must change. Increasingly, the vacuum of governance in the south has drawn in political actors from northern Libya and outside states. Extremists seeking refuge in the south and migrants being smuggled through the region directly impact the security of Libya, neighboring states like Tunisia, and Europe…
Foreign oil firms demand new licenses to exploit Libyan oil
Reuters reported on 14 June the renewal by foreign firms of their licenses to exploit Libyan oil. Total, the French oil firm, was among the firm demanding the renewal of its license after having been suspended by the Ministry of Economy in May because the licence had expired. Reuters notes that some diplomats and analysts saw the move as political pressure aimed at shoring up support abroad against an assault by Haftar’s Libya National Army (LNA), a claim denied by Government of National Accord (GNA) Minister of Economy, Ali Abdulaziz Issawi.
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