Al-Atta: What is Happening in Libya is Regrettable and Affects All Neighbouring Countries

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Member of the Sudanese Sovereign Council Yasser Al-Atta confirmed that the Sudanese armed forces are making every effort to protect the Libyan-Sudanese borders in light of the military buildup taking place in the vicinity of Sirte, in central Libya.

In press statements, Al-Atta believed that the events happening in Libya were regrettable and that its effects extend to all neighbouring countries.

He stressed that there are factions, militias, mercenaries, and official groups from all parts of the world fighting in Libya and added that one of the greatest risks was that foreigners and extremist movements such as IS and Al-Qaeda may resort to setting up bases in Sudan.

He pointed out that an agreement has been reached between the Libyan and Sudanese sides to form a joint force to protect their shared borders.

The Libyan forces withdrew due to the security situation and the Sudanese forces continue to work to protect the borders.

Al-Atta also confirmed that the Sudanese “army and rapid support are able to protect the borders, and there are battalions ready to move at any time towards the border as well”.

He denied that the armed forces present in Libya are considered mercenaries, “because they have been in Libya since the Gaddafi era to carry out attacks on Sudan”.

The Sudanese Sovereign Council member revealed that the Council tried to mediate and played a positive role between the Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Al-Sarraj and the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, but no solution has been reached.