By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 12 November 2014:
The Sudanese government says it is pleased with the progress of its initiative to lay . . .[restrict]the groundwork for an inclusive Libyan dialogue and that a conference which will include all Libya’s neighbours will be held in Khartoum on 4 December.
Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir yesterday sent his foreign minister Ali Karti to Libya.
Karti first visited Tobruk where he met House of Representatives (HoR) Speaker Ageela Saleh and Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Al-Dairi. Immediately afterwards, he flew to Tripoli for talks with General National Congress (GNC) President Nuri Abu Sahmain and anti-government Prime Minister Omer Al-Hassi.
According to Karti, all sides in Libya have agreed that dialogue was, without exception, the best and only option for Libya to pull out of the current crisis.
“We do not want to give an opportunity for foreign intervention in Libya,” Karti stressed.
Also during his visit, Karti announced that Libya’s neighbours, also important players in the initiative, would be gathering in Khartoum “very soon” to put the initiative into effect.
From Libya, the Karti traveled to Cairo, where he was to brief Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry on the talks.
Yesterday’s meetings followed Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni’s three-day stay in Khartoum last month, where he was said to have initially accepted the peace plan proposed by Bashir.
In September, Thinni had accused Sudan of arming terrorist groups in Libya after a Sudanese plane stocked with weapons was discovered near Kufra, allegedly headed toward Tripoli’s Matiga Air Base, which is controlled by Libya Dawn forces.
Sudan has vehemently denied supporting any side, saying that the weapons were shipped for use by a joint border force operated by the two countries.
Bashir is still under indictment by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for acts of genocide against his own people in Darfur. [/restrict]