US authorities have warned the commander of the Libyan national army, Khalifa Haftar, that they may impose sanctions against him, according to media reports.
Wall Street Journal sources from among us officials said that the state Department threatened Haftar with sanctions “because he refused to resume oil exports.” Haftar’s position in the United States was considered “ridiculous and uncompromising.”
In Washington, it is believed that the threat can be useful since the commander of the LNA allegedly has property in the United States-a ranch in Virginia worth 185 thousand dollars and housing, which costs 364 thousand. The Wall Street Journal writes that Haftar has US citizenship and that he had ties to the CIA.
As stated in Washington, Haftar, using foreign mercenaries, controls the largest oil field in Libya, al-Sharara, and a principal port for supplies from Libya.
The State Department called on all parties to the conflict in Libya to abandon attempts to “militarize the energy sector, divide the country’s economic institutions, and subordinate critical infrastructure to foreign interests.
On June 7, NOC announced the resumption of oil production at the largest field of al-Sharara.
The American Embassy in Libya said that Washington condemns “foreign interference” in the Libyan oil industry.