Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Thursday, that the Chairman of the Board, Mustafa Sanallah, discussed "the oil shutdown, in addition to the presence of foreign mercenary forces at the Libyan oil facilities."with the UAE Energy Minister Suhail Al Mazroui.
The NOC added in a statement that Sanallah "affirming the neutrality of the National Oil Corporation, its firm commitment to the national interest, and its desire to end the closures as soon as possible, hoping to avoid military escalation in the Gulf of Sirte."
The NOC announced that the total losses due to the 188 day oil shutdown amounted to $ 7.28 billion.
The Italian news agency AKI said that an international meeting was held on Tuesday through Italian initiative, to discuss the issue of suspended oil exports and the continued closure of oil ports and fields in Libya.
AKI quoted unnamed diplomatic sources as saying that the meeting included officials from Germany, Italy, France, the United States, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, in addition to the Acting Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, Stephanie Williams.