January 30, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The director of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) Mohamed Atta Abbas al-Moula accused the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi of being responsible for all the crises Sudan faced over the years.
- Late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi (Reuters)
At a joint press conference with leaders of Libya’s southern city of Kufra who are currently visiting Khartoum, al-Moula defended Khartoum’s support to the Libyan revolution against Gaddafi which broke out in early 2011.
"When we sent our boys to you and met with you in Khartoum [during the revolution] we were driven by the wishes and aspirations of the Sudanese people," al-Moula said adding that the Libyan people had a just cause and that they demonstrated courage and determination to win.
The spy chief went on to say that Gaddafi had worked to split up Sudan by inciting strife and partisanship.
"Every day Gaddafi’s government sent us a problem and a crime," the NISS director said.
Al-Moula called on the Libyan people to rise above their differences by uniting and repairing the social fabric to build their country stressing that this will reflect positively on Sudan.
Al-Kufra’s local assembly chief Mohammed Hamad Abu-Sedina concurred with the Sudanese official on Gaddafi’s unhelpful role and announced that they signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sudan’s Northern state on several issues.
The delegation awarded al-Moula and other NISS officials certificates of gratitude along with other memorabilia. They intend to meet president Omer Hassan al-Bashir in the coming days.
The UK-based Daily Telegraph reported in July 2011 that the Sudanese army controlled Kufra citing British officials monitoring the no-fly zone enforced by NATO over Libya. This was denied by Khartoum at the time.
Following the demise of Gaddafi’s regime in late 2011 Khartoum disclosed its role in arming and supporting the Libyan rebels while slamming the previous regime "conspiracies" against Sudan particularly in Darfur.