By Libya Herald staff.
Benghazi, 8 September 2014:
Sudan has strongly denied that it sent weapons to Libya last week to be used . . .[restrict]by the Libya Dawn forces in the capital. It says that it is neutral in the current struggle in Libya and that it abides by the decisions of conference of Libya’s neighbouring countries that took place in Cairo at the end of last month.
According to a Sudanese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Khartoum has no intentions of interfering in Libya’s internal affairs but it is troubled by the present instability in the country. It is not in the interests of anyone in the region, the spokesman said, adding that the Sudanese want stability and security in Libya and, to this end, would be willing to help mediate between the various factions.
It is not known if its apparent desire to mediate was behind the decision to invite Nuri Abu Sahmain, president of the former General National Congress, to Khartoum last week for talks with Sudanese President Omar Bashir and the government.
As to the plane that landed in Kufra, Khartoum says that it was delivering food, supplies and ammunition to the Libyan-Sudanese joint border force based at the town, and had made a number of similar flights previously.
After doing so this time, the aircraft returned to Sudan, the Sudanese authorities say. There was no emergency landing, as reported by the press. It landed with the prior agreement of the commander of joint forces.
The Libyan government has taken a different view of the incident and has ordered the Sudanese military attaché to quit the country.
However, according to the Sudanese new agency SUNA, Khartoum says it has received no official notification of such a demand either from the Libyan Foreign Ministry or th Libya embassy in Khartoum.
Notification was, if fact, published on the Libyan Prime Minister’s website. [/restrict]