By Libya Herald staff.
Tunis, 16 September 2014:
Both Qatar and Sudan have protested the accusations made by the Prime Minister, Abduallah Al-Thinni, . . .[restrict]at the weekend that they have been sending arms to the Misratan-led Libya Dawn forces.
Sudan yesterday summoned the Libyan Charge d’Affaires in Khartoum to protest the statement.
According to the Sudan news agency SUNA, Khartoum “strongly condemned” the statement. The Undersecretary of the Sudanese Foreign Ministry, Abdalla Al-Azraq, said that Sudan rejected any attempt to undermine security and stability in Libya and that it was committed to the decisions of the Conference of the Libyan neighbouring countries held in Cairo at the end of August.
At the conference, the foreign ministers of the six states affirmed their support for the House of Representatives as Libya’s only legitimate legislature and said that militias in the country had to be disarmed.
Al-Azraq also repeated that the Sudanese plane at the centre of the row which landed in Kufra carrying arms was on a routine flight to deliver them and other supplies to the Sudan-Libya joint border force.
According to the news agency, the Sudanese Foreign minister, Ali Karti, phoned Thinni on Sunday to categorically deny that Sudan was interfering in Libya’s affairs but that it was willing to mediate between the Libyan factions.
For it part, Qatar has called Thinni’s accusation “misleading and unfounded” and the Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi, was quoted yesterday by the Qatar news agency QNA saying that Qatar’s policy was based on non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries.
In a barbed comment directed at the Prime Minister he added that “it would be appropriate for Al-Thinni to ensure the accuracy before releasing such statements especially since he did not say a word against the bombing of his country and its citizens recently”.
Speaking from New York in a TV interview yesterday, Libya’s UN Ambassador, Ibrahim Dabbashi, repeated the accusation that both states had been involved in supplying arms and munitions to Libya Dawn.