Home | News    Monday 30 June 2008

Sudanese president and Libyan leader meet over latent tension


June 30, 2008 (CAIRO) — Sudanese and Libyan leaders met Sunday on the sideline of the African Union summit in Egypt to discuss bilateral relations for the first time since a Darfur rebel attack against the government in Khartoum last May.

JPEG - 10.8 kb
Omer al-Bashir shakes hands with Muammar Gadhafi in 2006

After an armed attack on the capital by the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), pro-government press published reports about the Libyan support to the Sudanese rebels. However the government which controls the newspapers says these reports do no reflect the official position.

Omer Hassan al-Bashir held talks with Muammar Gadhafi on latest developments in Darfur and the current tension between Sudan and Chad, as well as the bilateral ties between the two countries.

Libyan Minister of African Affairs Ali Al Triki told the press that Libya as neighbour to Sudan is interested in Darfur peace and hosting the negotiations on this matter. He also underlined that the meeting between the two leaders discussed bilateral relations and ways to support and develop it.

Before the meeting the Gadhafi dispatched his special envoy Saleh Bashir to Khartoum to prepare for the meeting. Saleh told the reporters on Saturday that the meeting would discuss Darfur crisis, the rebel attack on the capital, bilateral relations between Chad and Sudan and Libyan relations with both countries.

The Libyan leader who wants to be the sage of Africa and constructor of the African unity, seems bothered by the publication of reports about his support to the JEM against Khartoum.

However, during last February rebel attack against N’djamena, Gadhafi had supported President Idris Deby by weapons and ammunitions against the Sudanese backed Chadian rebels who were at the doors of the Presidential palace.

Libya had already brokered the Tripoli Agreement between the two countries in February 2006 but the deal remained unimplemented.

The Sudanese foreign minister Deng Alor said President al-Bashir could meet President Deby on the sideline of the African summit. He also added that African efforts could succeed to put an end to the bilateral tension between the two countries.

The chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission Jean Ping last Friday has called on the Sudanese parties involved in Darfur conflict to initiate without delay a major dialogue without preconditions.

Speaking on Friday at the Opening session of the AU foreign ministers meeting in Sharm El Sheikh Ping deplored the continuing tensions, between Sudan and Chad, which led to the broke off diplomatic relations between the two countries.

"As members of the African Union, these states are obliged to respect their commitments regarding the good neighbourliness policy, peace and security in the region," said Ping.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

South Sudan’s universities should explore other revenues 2019-03-17 20:33:06 By Ukongo Benson Athia Of recent, it transpired that the five public universities dons have advanced their cause to increase the tuition fees for the students. I have seen such complaints of (...)

Pressure from the people in Sudan 2019-03-17 10:55:35 The longer genuine political and economic reform is delayed in Sudan, the greater the risk of wider instability and deepening economic crisis. By Rosalind Marsden President Omar al-Bashir, who (...)

Sudan’s al-Bashir burnt the boats before crossing 2019-03-11 06:19:03 By Mahmoud a. Suleiman Second Military Coup D’état of Omer Bashir will Not Protect him from his inevitable fate at the hands of the uprising Sudanese people The angry uprising men, women and (...)


Latest Press Releases

Sudan Protests: Investigate the custodial death of three University students 2019-03-13 12:53:14 The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) Sudan Protests: Urgent call for investigations into the custodial death of three University students and alleged torture of detainees by (...)

The Alliance for Restoration of Sudanese Workers Trade Unions Joins the Declaration of Freedom and Change 2019-03-10 21:16:50 PRESS RELEASE For immediate release 10 th March 2019 The Alliance for Restoration of Sudanese Workers Trade Unions announced on Sunday 10th March that it was joining the revolutionary forces (...)

Ethnic Murle politicians say enough to cattle raiding 2018-12-28 09:32:00 December 27, 2018 (JUBA) - Murle political leaders in Buma state have vowed to end the practice of cattle raiding and child abduction by individuals in the community. Jodi Jonglei, who is also (...)


Copyright © 2003-2019 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.