By Ajnadin Mustafa.
Tripoli, 25 July 2016:
Petroleum Facilities Guard commander Ibrahim Jadhran has come out fighting over a highly critical latter about him from National Oil Corporation boss Mustafa Sanalla to UNSMIL chief Martin Kobler.
Jadhran today said that Sanalla’s letter “wasn’t worth the ink that wrote it”. Sanalla had laid into Jadhran calling him a criminal whose blockade of the oil export terminals supposedly under his protection had cost Libya $100 billion in lost revenues. Sanalla had also suggested that Kobler had been ignorant to have associated the UN with “one of the most despised individuals in the country”.
Having dismissed Sanalla’s letter as worthless, Jadhran said today that the Government of National Accord should come to Ras Lanuf to sign an agreement to open the oil terminals of Ras Lanuf, Sidra and Zuetina. Once that had been done, he said, they would resume operations.
Following his meeting with Kobler last Thursday, Jadhran was reported to have said that the terminals would be working again within days.
This assurance seemed a little unlikely since the Sidra and Ras Lanuf tank farms and associated infrastructure have been badly damaged, first in an attack by Misratan-led Libya Dawn forces in February 2015 and then by IS in October last year and January this year.