By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 20 October 2014:
Sudan’s and Egypt’s leaders have agreed to work closer to foster stability in Libya and support . . .[restrict]the Thinni government’s fight against terrorism.
Following discissions with Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir in Cairo on Sunday, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi said that agreements between the two on tackling regional issues, including events in Libya, were “particularly positive”. He was quoted saying that both countries, hitherto at odds over Libya, had agreed to coordinate efforts to achieve Libyan stability through backing state institutions.
The Egyptian president added that the free choices of the Libyan people had to be supported, a reference to the House of Representatives and the Tobruk government which Egypt has strongly endorsed.
Until recently, Sudan stood accused of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya and supping weapons to Libya Dawn.
The Libyan government had demanded the removal of the Sudanese military attaché from the country in September after a Sudanese military transport plane landed in Kufra carrying weapons allegedly for Libya Dawn forces.
The plane flew to Libya shortly after Nuri Abu Sahmain, the president of the former General National Congress (GNC), visited Khartoum and held talks with its government. Interim Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni even threatened to break relations with Sudan and Qatar over their support for the defunct GNC following the incident.
Sudan has since said it recognises the House of Representatives as the sole legitimate authority in the country. It is believed that the Bashir administration was leant on heavily by Saudi Arabia over their actions in Libya.
Whether the result of Saudi and Egyptian pressure, Khartoum’s policy towards Libya had certainly developed in past weeks.
Abdullah Al-Thinni is currently scheduled to make an official visit to Khartoum on 28 October. [/restrict]