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Sudanese army says Libya pulled out its troops from the joint border force

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August 1, 2015 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) on Saturday disclosed that Libya has withdrawn its troops from the joint border patrol forces between the two countries.

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Sudanese Army spokesperson Colonel Al-Sawarmi Khalid Saad (Reuters)

Sudan and Libya have established in November 2013 a joint force to control the borders between the two countries, stop illegal immigration and human trafficking and secure trade caravans.

The Sudanese daily Akhir Lahza on Saturday quoted SAF spokesperson, al-Sawarmi Khaled Saad as saying that no official decision has been made so far to dissolve the Sudanese-Libyan joint border control force.

“However, the Libyan side is not currently represented in the [joint] force due to unstable internal circumstances [in Libya]”, he stressed.

Saad underscored that Sudan continues to keep its troops inside its territory on the borders with Libya, noting they didn’t dissolve their troops which were part of the joint force.

The newspaper also quoted sources as saying that the Libyan city of Kufra on the Sudanese borders is currently witnessing armed clashes between local residents and armed groups comprised mainly of foreign fighters.

The same sources pointed out that the security situation has recently deteriorated following withdrawal of the Libyan troops from the joint border patrol force.

Since August 2014, Libya has two governments and parliaments since Tripoli was seized in a coalition of Islamist groups while the internationally recognized government is based in Tobruk. Qatar, Sudan and Turkey are accused of supporting this alliance.

There are also Jihadists groups linked to the extremists of The Islamic State based the eastern city of Derna.

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