Turmoil in Libya… Economic and Security Impacts on Sudan

Al-Sammani Awadallah

Libya is witnessing significant security deterioration which has its negative impacts on the neighboring countries and the region in general, a matter that requires finding out the appropriate resolutions to deal with it, as this will make the neighboring countries enjoy peace and stability.

Sudan, Chad, Niger, Egypt, and Algeria are considered the neighboring countries. Therefore the Sudanese government started taking steps in studying the crisis because it has its effects on the situations in Sudan especially economically and securely. The crisis resulted in the growth of the human trafficking phenomenon and organized crime.

In Khartoum, the Minister of Foreign affairs, Dr. Mariam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, before her departure to Algeria to participate in the conference of the countries neighboring Libya, has discussed with her Chadian counterpart, Shareef Mohammed Zain, the impact of the turmoil in Libya which had its effects on the neighboring countries.

The two ministers affirmed the importance of including the neighboring countries in Libya in all conferences that aim at achieving stability in Libya.

The two ministers emphasized the importance of joint security cooperation in protecting the borders and boosting the role of the joint forces.

They also agreed on developing the trade and economic relations, besides activating the bilateral agreements through removing all obstacles to ease the trade movements and enable the businessmen of Chad to benefit from Port Sudan harbor in the export and import process.

The agreement comes within the framework of making the border safe considering that that will contribute to curbing the negative movements which are taking advantage of the turmoil in Libya to move from there crossing the borders to Sudan and Chad.

The neighboring countries to Libya are .are planning to boost their coordination on the situation in neighboring Libya, where efforts to hold parliamentary and presidential elections later this year appear to have reached an impasse.

Accordingly, the conference is expected to enforce the will of the Libyan people through backing Libyan institutions and supporting current efforts to achieve security and stability and maintain Libya’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

The turmoil in Libya has had a negative impact on all neighboring countries.

Libya’s neighbors, have a special responsibility to help restore stability to the North African nation.

As Sudan affects and is affected by the developments in Libya, The Foreign Minister, Dr. Mariam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi departed to Algeria to participate in the Libyan Neighbouring States Conference to discuss with her counterparts the possible solutions to achieve stability in Libya despite the complications of the issue and the regional and international interventions in the Libyan scene.

Observers and experts suggest that the situation in Libya is controlled by certain countries which do not want stability in that country to serve its interests and to implement its agenda.

They affirm that this situation could not be overcome without strengthening the national ability and working out a plan to collect the firearms and reach a national accord to bring an end to the turmoil in Libya.

The neighboring countries should play a positive role in resolving the conflict and preventing any activities of mercenaries.

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