Libya Says Fuel Smuggling to Malta Increasing

Source: Reuters 6/18/2014, Location: Africa

Large amounts of fuel are being smuggled from Libya to Malta - even as angry motorists queue in Tripoli and the state oil firm struggles to deliver due to a lack of security at petrol stations.

Libya's cabinet said the smuggling was increasing. It enjoys some of the world's cheapest petrol prices as the government heavily subsides it to ease social pressures.

"This phenomena is a threat to Libya and affects national security," the government said in a statement after Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni met Malta's ambassador.

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