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Libya’s new masters are thankful for Sudan’s military support

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August 28, 2011 (KHARTOUM) — The head of Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) confirmed reports about Sudan’s military support to the Libyan rebels in their fight against Gaddafi’s regime. He further thanked Bashir’s government and pledged to return the favour on a much larger scale.

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Libyan NTC leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil answers questions during a press conference in Rome on April 19, 2011 (Getty)

Mustafa Abdul Jalil, met on Saturday with the foreign minister Ali Ahmed Karti, the second Sudanese official to visit Benghazi in less than a week after the director of Sudanese intelligence and security services. The official news agency Suna said the minister handed him a message from the Sudanese president Omer al-Bashir.

Speaking to the press following the meeting, the NTC chairman expressed the gratitude of the Libyan opposition to the Sudanese government for the support provided in their fight against the regime of the Colonel Muammar Gaddafi during the past six months.

"It is time to announce that Sudan provided military support to the revolutionaries," Jalil said adding that this support helped them to "liberate some cities, such as the city of Kufra" in the remote southeastern desert.

The Daily Telegraph reported last July that the Sudanese army controlled Kufra citing British officials monitoring the no-fly zone enforces by NATO over Libya. But Khartoum was quick to dismiss the report. However it is clear today that Sudan played a role in the seizure of this town by the rebels.

"Our surveillance shows that they are not moving oil, so its not about money in the short term," the source told the London based daily newspaper.

Sudan since several months emitted regular complaints about Tripoli’s support to Darfur rebel groups. The attack of May 2008, and the presence of the leader of Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in the Libyan capital despite Khartoum’s repeated requests to expel him, motivated Khartoum’s decision to back the Libyan rebels.

Amin Hassan Omer, government top negotiator in the Doha peace process and newly tasked with Darfur file, last Friday disclosed in a radio talk show that Sudan and Qatar were coordinating their efforts to support the Libyan rebels.

He further said one of the visits of President Bashir to the Qatari capital was dedicated to talks on the support of Libyan rebels . Qatar which was the first Arab nation to declare its support to the Libyan armed opposition, participates with six Mirages and two C-17s transports in the international coalition against Gaddafi’s regime.

Karti told reporters that Sudanese were very happy than with the fall of Gaddafi’s regime because "Sudan is hurt by Gaddafi more than any other country after the Libyan people".

He also called for a joint cooperation to control and monitor the border between the two countries. In return, the head of the Libyan new authority reiterated swiftly the determination of his administration to work together with Khartoum in the monitoring of boundary and to develop strong relations with the Sudan.

After securing the Chadian and Center African borders with Darfur, Khartoum considers vital for the fight against the Darfurian rebellion to control the northern border of the restive region.

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  • 29 August 2011 12:37, by Akol Liai Mager

    Whoo! "Pledged to return the favour on much larger scale"?

    This is bad news to the African populations of Northern Sudan from Darfur, Nuba Mts and Blue Nile. But God has never support such conspiracies as this between the two devil Islamic regimes in Khartoum and Tripoli. May Malik Agar, Abdel Wahid Mohamed Nur, Abdul Azziz Adam Al-Hilu, Yasir Saeed Arman and the targeted people from the three regions emerge stronger than ever in the face of Evilism.

    The much scale favour may not reach Al-Bashir in Power because sooner or later Al-Bashir will the qeueu headed by Zein Abdeen Bn Ali. These blood’s thirsty thugs in Khartoum are never immuned from Arab Spring.

    So sadly, the Westerners, specially French and Americans are always easily cheated by Radical Islamists in power and those seeking the power to achieve their evil goals. When will they learn from mistakes?

    I believe that it wount be long before the Mighty Muscles displayers in the Medeterranean Sea regret their efforts in bringing more Islamists to power next to each other.

    May amighty God save Africans in Northern Sudan from old and new Islamic Vultures.

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    • 29 August 2011 16:19, by Kawaja Mikis

      Hi Al-Bashir sorry when i heart you have sent military support, i think do not bother your self in Libya’s crisis,now to tell you that after Libya may be Khartoum will not be in safe postion.

      As soonest wait for your promblem do not laugh.

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  • 29 August 2011 14:20, by Rising of the Sun

    This is what Khartoum is good at; seizing an opportunity to improve its image and building relationship with potentially strong countries.
    But overall, the Libyans deserved all kinds of support to get rid of that tyrant who was being followed by opportunistic African leaders just for the sake of Libya’s wealth.

    Those who love freedom and liberty should welcome all sorts of efforts to put things right.

    I wish the Libyans good luck and prosperity. I believe they will use their wealth for improving their lives instead of buying influence around corrupt African dictators.

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  • 29 August 2011 16:04, by Abraham Ayom

    This is tit for tat. Today is yours and tommorrow is not yours. Sudan Military support to Libyain rebel is nothing and will not help the Khartoum regim with NCP and Bashir to remain in power. Rebels are the forthcoming government now a days and the actual government is an outgoing. so it doesn’t maake any senses to support the rebel and tommorrow you will go.

    This era is an arab revolution and other african countres. Change has come "Obmam said" for those leaders who have more than two decades in Leadership e.g 10 years to above in powerr have to go. There is no solution for this revolution.
    Bashir is just wasting his little resoucers military hardwares for supporting rebels and he will regret at the end.

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    • 30 August 2011 05:07, by pabaak

      Khartoum tried to claim good gesture in Libya rebel revolution which might be doubtful here, its because they are desperate trying hard to change their ugly image on international arena. Even though Gaddafei has helped us during early 80s in the struggle, nevertheless it was time to exit because we saw his unprecedented decisions concerning indicted African head of states such as Bashier, where he stood against ICC ruling and advising but also bribing them not to cooperate with ICC, his idea to a united Africa that didn’t get support from most African ordinary people because are not been involved in the decision. otherwise I urge South Sudan to also play their role of testing water by looking to establish bilateral relation with Libya’s new government.

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  • 30 August 2011 06:20, by mohammed ali

    It is just funny. This should not be of any concern of yours.Should we take any permission from you if we want to act in any case .Or anything good we do makes you unhappy and jealous! Why making your life difficult by putting yourself in a competetion or riverly with us!Why? You are on your own now, why you bother yourself?

    Or just it is hatred! Well this hatred will kill you. Sorry for you!

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