Head of Sudanese Community in Libya Denies Arrival of Refugees

The Head of the Sudanese community in Libya, Moataz Mirghani
The Head of the Sudanese community in Libya, Moataz Mirghani

The Head of the Sudanese community in Libya, Moataz Mirghani said that “there are no displaced people from Sudan to Libya so far, due to the long distance, and the lack of fuel and transportation.”

In press statements, he added that the majority of states in Sudan are experiencing stability, as tensions are concentrated in the capital, Khartoum.

Most of the displaced have travelled to Egypt and Ethiopia, due to the close proximity.

“The Sudanese community in Libya is closely following what is happening in Sudan and is in constant contact with their families to check on them. If the events develop in Sudan and the citizens are forced to go to Libya, the Sudanese Embassy and the Libyan brothers are fully prepared to receive them in their second country,” Mirghani said.

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.”