The U.S. Embassy in Libya said on Tuesday that Ambassador Richard Norland called the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Libya's National Oil Corporation, Mustafa Sanalla, to present him with the Anti-Corruption Champion Award, announced by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
In a statement, the embassy said, "the Ambassador presented the award “virtually” during the call and promised to give it to the Chairman at their next opportunity to meet in person. Chairman Sanalla’s transparent management of the oil and gas sector has led to steady increases in production and has kept the NOC an apolitical, technocratic institution for the benefit of all Libyans."
The award was given to 12 individuals recognized worldwide by the Secretary of State for work as anti-corruption champions.
During the call, Ambassador Norland reiterated U.S. support for the independent and apolitical management of Libya’s oil resources exclusively under the NOC in accordance with Security Council resolution 2542 (2020).