Libya sends replacement executive to gas forum

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 02, 2011 4:33 AM
Libya sends replacement executive to gas forum

CAIRO (Reuters) - Libya turned to a management committee member of the state-owned oil company on Thursday to represent its views at a meeting of gas exporting states following the defection of its top oil official.

Mosbah Ali Matoug, from the management committee of state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC), declined to speak to the press at the one-day ministerial meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum in Cairo.

On Wednesday NOC Chairman Shokri Ghanem appeared in Rome and said he had defected from the government because of relentless bloodshed under Muammar Gaddafi's rule.

(Reporting by Edmund Blair, editing by Jane Baird)