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Sudan, Libya agree to implement regional border monitoring agreement

Sudan and Libya agree to activate a regional security agreement on Tuesday in order to combat human trafficking and illegal immigration through their shared border.

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Musa al-Koni, Vice-President of the Libyan Presidential Council, arrived in Khartoum on a two-day visit with the Libyan Minister of Immigration. The visiting Libyan group met with the Transitional Sovereign Council’s Vice-Chairman to discuss methods to activate cooperative border security accords with Chad and Niger.

Mohamed Khalil Issa, Undersecretary of the Libyan Foreign Ministry, indicated that the meeting discussed the redeployment of Quartet personnel entrusted with border monitoring, emphasizing that neighboring nations should work with his administration to resolve the Libyan crisis. “We were pleased with Sudan’s agreement to activate the quadripartite agreement signed by the two countries, and it will be enforced to monitor the borders between the four countries,” he said. Technical talks between the security agencies in the four nations would be held, according to Issa, to discuss the implementation process and the development of a combined command. He also stated that a Libyan delegation will travel to Ndjamena to meet with Chadian officials to discuss the situation.

Ambassador Hassan Abdel Salam Omer, Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ African Department, acknowledged the agreement and noted that the “frank conversations” focused on building and developing bilateral relations. Omer went on to say that a member of the three-man Presidency Council had requested Sudan to attend a conference of Libya’s neighboring countries’ defense ministers, which will be hosted by Morocco next month.

Sudanese Interior Minister Izz al-Din al-Sheikh met separately with Libyan Minister of State for Immigration to discuss efforts to combat illegal immigration and human trafficking. The two countries agreed to form a joint technical committee and activate bilateral agreements and protocols relating to fighting illegal immigration and human trafficking at the conference.

Libya’s neighbors have previously wanted to participate in conversations on the situation in Libya, stating that they are also affected by the turmoil.

Sudan, Libya, Chad, and Niger signed an agreement on June 2, 2018, calling for the deployment of a joint force to monitor borders and combat human trafficking, although it has yet to be implemented.

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