Will Libya’s Production Rebound As Its Largest Oil Field Re-Opens?

By Tsvetana Paraskova

Libya’s biggest oil field, Sharara, which has been offline for most of the past month, is set to reopen after the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) reached an agreement with protesters who have repeatedly shut down the pipelines that pump oil into the field, according to PFG chief, Brigadier General Idriss Abu Khamada.

The deal that the PFG has reached will lead to the reopening of the Sharara field, which produces 200,000 bpd, according to Khamada.

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Libya’s warring sides reach diplomatic breakthrough in Rome

Compromise is brokered between presidents of house of representatives and state council after years of fighting

Diplomatic editor

Rome has brokered a diplomatic breakthrough in Libya that has the potential to bring the two main warring sides together in a new political agreement after years of division, fighting and economic misery.

The scale of the breakthrough will be tested later this week, but Italy is hailing a compromise brokered between the presidents of the house of representatives, Ageela Saleh, and the state council, Abdulrahman Sewehli.

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Roadside bomb kills six soldiers in Somalia’s Puntland

Al-Shabab claims deadly attack with improvised explosive device on a military pick-up truck, 40km south of Bosasso.

A military vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region on Sunday, killing at least six soldiers and wounding another eight.

The al-Qaeda-linked group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, which happened on the outskirts of the region’s port city of Bosaso.

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Source: http://www.aljazeera.com/

Russia ready to broker solution to Libya’s political conflict, Bogdanov says

The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, met on Tuesday with a delegation of officials from Libya’s Misurata city in Moscow.

“The Russian side stressed the necessity to establish inclusive intra-Libyan dialogue with involvement of representatives of main political forces, tribal groups and the country’s regions in order to create nationwide power structures, including army and police that are ready to ensure security and order and to resist terrorist threats in an effective way, according to Sputnik.

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Rivals reach 3-day ceasefire in south Libya

A three-day ceasefire has been reached between forces loyal to Libya’s UN-backed unity government and East Libya-based military commander Khalifa Haftar in south Libya.

Hisham Abushkiwat, a member of an Amazigh delegation that brokered the deal, said the ceasefire was the result of meetings aimed to halt the warfare between the two rivals.

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Source: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/

Yemen calls for militias to be listed as terror group


Yemen’s Deputy Human Rights Minister Mohammed Askar has called on the international community to include Houthi militias and forces loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh on the list of terrorist groups.

Askar also called for the immediate implementation of UN resolutions on Yemen, in particular resolution 2216.

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Source: http://www.arabnews.com/

Libya: Haftar meets with Senior US army official in Abu Dhabi

The Libyan army commander opposed to the UN-backed Presidential Council (PC) has met with a senior US military official during his ongoing stay in the United Arab Emirate, Qatari London-based media The New Arab reports. Khalifar Haftar has been visiting Abu Dhabi in search of support as the Arab League and the UN rally behind Tripoli-based weak PC.

The self-style army Marshall has been received in the Emirati capital as a key ally in the fight against terrorism.

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Libya’s Wafa oil and gas field reopens, force majeure lifted – NOC

TRIPOLI, April 12 (Reuters) – Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) has lifted force majeure on production from the Wafa field after an armed group reopened oil and gas pipelines leading to the Mellitah terminal, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

Production of oil, gas and condensates had been interrupted at Wafa by a shutdown that started on March 26 near the town of Nalut. Wafa is operated by Mellitah Oil Co, a joint venture between NOC and Italy’s ENI.

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