The Chairman of the Board of Directors of Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC), Mustafa Sanalla, said that the United States "is capable of making a decisive change in Libya" and realizes the humanitarian consequences of the closures on the ordinary citizen.
According to a statement released by NOC, Sanalla held discussions with a number of senior American officials in Washington on the “humanitarian and financial consequences” of the continued shutdown of oil production in Libya.
According to a statement today, the Sanalla met with Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker, First Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Affairs at the US Department of Energy Matthew Zeiss, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy from the Bureau of Energy Resources at the US Department of State Kurt Donnelly, And Deputy National Security Adviser Victoria Coates.
On January 18, the NOC announced "force majeure" accusing the "general leadership and oil installation guards in the central and eastern regions" of stopping oil exports from several ports.
The NOC said that the losses resulting from these closings exceeded $1.45 billion on Thursday, after crude production fell to 163,000 barrels per day.