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Libyan PM visits Khartoum to agree strategy amid border tensions

Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya and Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord of Libya, Fayez al-Sarraj (C) holds a press conference on 7 August, 2017 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]
Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya and Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord of Libya, Fayez al-Sarraj [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]

Libya's Prime Minister, Fayez Al-Sarraj visits Khartoum today for talks with his Sudanese counterpart, Omar Al-Bashir aimed at reducing the presence of armed rebels groups on the joint border, the Sudan Media Centre (SMC) reported.

The head of the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) previously cancelled a visit in March after clashes between his government's army and local militia in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

Al-Sarraj's two-day visit is expected to focus on political, military and security co-operation following an attack in May when Sudanese rebels staged an armed assault in the North Darfur area launched from with the Libyan border.

The Sudanese have accused the leader of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) for supporting the offensive.

The visit comes in the week that Sudan and Egypt agreed to cooperate to prevent the Sudanese rebel groups present in Eastern Libya from establishing a firm base on the joint border areas with Libya. Despite the agreement, Egypt is thought to be supporting Haftar in his war against the militant groups present in Libya.

Khartoum in the past proposed joint patrols on the border with Sudan, Chad and Libya a security agreement with Ndjamena has yet to be agreed.

Regional experts blame the instability in the North African region on directly on border movements of armed groups affecting the Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Sudan, Libya and Tunisia.

Khartoum in the past proposed the formation of joint patrols on the border with Sudan and Chad. Of course, it proposed also the signing of a security agreement with Ndjamena.

Regional experts say the instability in the north African country affects directly border countries, Algeria, Chad, Egypt Niger, Sudan and Tunisia.

 

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