Libya’s Sarraj heads to Sudan for state visit

By AT editor - 27 August 2017 at 5:22 am
Libya’s Sarraj heads to Sudan for state visit

Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of the Presidency Council for Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), begins a two-day state visit Sunday to Sudan.

Sarraj visits Khartoum at the invitation of President Omar Al-Bashir, and will be accompanied by a delegation of ministers and Libyan officials to discuss issues shared by the two nations.

Ibrahim Ghandour, the Foreign Minister for Sudan, told local media Saturday that Libya and Sudan share a deeply rooted relationship and history. He made the remarks at Khartoum Airport during the departure ceremony for Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Qaoli, who was completing his own official visit.

Ghandour also told media that Sudan supports the internationally recognized Libyan government led by Al-Sarraj and their meeting would focus on cooperation for political, economic and security issues. Khartoum hopes that the bilateral talks will advance the peace process and stability of their neighbor.

Sarraj will meet with Bashir and Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Salih in a visit that was postponed in March because of conflict between the government-backed army in Tripoli and local militia. He is expected to sign an agreement to establish a joint political consultation committee, the Sudan Tribune reports.

The meeting follows an agreement between Sudan and Egypt earlier this week to improve border security, which has created tension between the two countries. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met with Sudan’s Defense Minister in Cairo on Monday, and denied accusations Bashir has made about Egypt supporting rebels in Darfur. Those talks also focused on regional cooperation.

Image: GNA Libya

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