By Libya Herald reporter.
Tripoli, 4 May 2016:
Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat arrived in Tripoli this morning for talks with the Presidency . . .[restrict]Council led by Faiez Serraj. He is the first foreign head of government to visit Tripoli since the Presidency arrived in the Libyan capital at the end of March, although a number of mainly European foreign ministers have made the trip. It is also his first visit as Maltese prime minister although he visited in 2012 when leader of the opposition.
Today’s visit follows the refusal of the Maltese authorities to allow the Indian-registered tanker Distya Ameya to sail into Maltese territorial waters last week after it had taken on 650,000 barrels of crude from Tobruk’s Hariga terminal for export by the Beida government’s NOC. This was followed yesterday by workers at the Hariga terminal refusing to fill a Maltese-flagged tanker, Seachance, which was supposed to uplift 350,000 barrels on behalf of the Tripoli NOC.
The Tripoli NOC is accepted by the UN as the only legitimate Libyan oil corporation. [/restrict]