By Libya Herald reporter.
Tunis, 24 August 2017:
The head of the Presidency Council, Faiez Serraj, is to visit Khartoum on Sunday according to the Sudanese Media Centre. It reports that he will spend two days there in talks with President Omer al-Bashir and the prime minister, Bakri Hassan Salih. According to the media centre he will sign an agreement to set up a Libyan-Sudanse political consultation committee.
There has been no statement so far from the Presidency Council’s media office about the visit.
This is the third time the Sudanese have reported that Serraj would go to Khartoum. They announced in September last year that he would be going and again last March. If he does go, it would be his first official visit.
The announcement comes in the wake of growing hostility between Khartoum and the military authorities in the east of the country. In June, the Libyan Natioal Army spokesman Ahmed Mismari accused Sudan, along with Qatar and Iran, of backing terrorism in Libya. For its part, Khartoum claimed that Khalfa Hafter was providing a safe haven for Darfuri rebels and using them as mercenaries. Shortly afterwards, the interim government in Beida has ordered the Sudanese consulate in Kufra to close and gave its staff three days to leave the country.
Khartoum, however, has reportedly bowed to pressure from both Saudi Arabia and Egypt to break ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and is said to have also reached a deal with Cairo to ensure that the Darfuris are unable to establish a base near Libya’s borders with Egypt and Sudan.