The UK’s Minister of State for International Development (DFID), Alan Duncan, has arrived in Tripoli, reports Libya Herald.
He said that the visit to Libya was his first, but that his previous career as an oil broker meant that he had traded in Libyan oil in the past.
According to the report, Duncan is credited with running the British government’s secret “Libyan Oil Cell” during the revolution; this was intended to block the Qaddafi regime's access to fuel supplies, while enabling supplies to the revolutionaries.
The Minister's former employer, Vitol, was said to be one of the oil trading companies that supplied petrol and diesel to the National Transition Council (NTC) on generous credit terms.
(Sources: Libya Herald, Ambassador Michael Aron)