Libyan Official Warns of Displacement on Libyan Border Due to Sudanese Crisis


The Head of Libya’s Anti-Illegal Immigration Agency in the eastern region, Major General Rafie Al-Barghathi said that the “continued tense situation in Sudan is doubling the displacement towards the Libyan border.”

In press statements, Al-Barghathi explained that “hundreds of Sudanese have arrived at the Libyan border individually. It is expected that the numbers will increase, if the situation continues and deteriorates.”

He stressed that the situation in Sudan “entails many risks, especially with regard to displacement and migration towards neighbouring countries.”

Al-Barghathi pointed out that the security and military services control the borders with Sudan.

A group of Libyan MP’s expressed their concerns about the armed conflict in Sudan, stressing that “Libya will not support one party at the expense of the other.”

In a joint statement, the MP’s called on Sudan’s leaders to “sit at the dialogue table and give priority to the country’s supreme interest. The armed conflict in Sudan will turn the country into chaos, and a battleground between external parties that threaten the security of Sudan.”

They warned that the conflict “might affect neighbouring countries, especially Libya, which had previously suffered from violations by the armed militias of neighbouring countries.”

“Libya is neutral and equidistant from both sides of the conflict in Sudan. Libya has not, and will not support any party at the expense of the other,” the statement said.

They also condemned foreign interference in Sudanese internal affairs.

The Libyan lawmakers also called on their Sudanese “brothers to immediately stop these clashes, turn to the dialogue table, and support holding general elections that would resolve the competition for power through the ballot box.”

Notably, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, the leader of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), denied that the Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Filed Marshal Khalifa Haftar supports any of the two sides of the conflict in Sudan.

Al-Burhan said, in press statements, that Khalifa Haftar “contacted me, and confirmed that his support for the other party (the Rapid Support Forces) is untrue.”

He added that they must sit together, to find a way out of the crisis.

Regarding the current position of the conflict, Al-Burhan said that “all airports are under the control of the army, except for the airports of Khartoum and Nyala,” pointing out, “I am currently in the command centre and I will only leave it in a coffin.”

Al-Burhan had previously announced that the necessary assistance will be provided to evacuate foreign nationals and diplomatic missions, against the backdrop of the bloody clashes that have afflicted the country.