Sudanese-Libyan Relations, New Reality
Sudanese – Libyan relations has seen a new development after the revolution that toppled Qaddafi regime, who ruled Libya for nearly forty years.
Sudanese-Libyan relations, during the period of Gaddafi, were not stable, where Gaddafi based his country's relationship with Sudan on personal attitudes and not on clear vision or strategy.
Gaddafi worried from Revolution Government for fear of Islamic expansion and to prevent any rapprochement between Islamists in both countries, where the Libyan leadership continued to support rebel movements and encourage all who seek to overthrow the regime in Sudan.
The Sudanese government was watching Qaddafi's support for armed movements in Darfur, especially the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), where Gaddafi opened the door to its slain President, Khalil Ibrahim, after the signing of the security agreement between Khartoum and N'djamena.
Khalil forces attacked Omdurman in May 2008 with the support of the Libyan government, while the Sudanese diplomacy used to deal wisely with the Libyan positions, where the foreign ministry refused to issue any statement to condemn the Libyan behavior despite the presence of evidences and proof.
Former Presidential Advisor, Dr. Mustafa Osman said that the Sudanese government believes that Sudan is the first beneficiaries of the Arab revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen.
The situation in Darfur has seen stable security after the overthrow of Qaddafi, where JEM came out of Libya, while its leader, Khalil Ibrahim killed last year.
Relations between the two countries entered a new phase after the Libyan revolution, where the President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omar Al-Bashir visited Libya to congratulate its people on the revolution, stressing that Sudan had supported the Libyan revolution with arms, while Mustafa Abdul Jalil visited the Sudan, which confirms the convergence of visions and ideas between the two sides.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Karti said, after meeting with his Libyan counterpart recently, that the two countries intend to establish a different relations dominated by the spirit of cooperation and brotherhood and not hostility, while the Libyan Foreign Minister, Ashour Bin Khaial described the bilateral relations as historical, where coordination and cooperation in all security, political and economic areas is taking place.
By Mohammed Abdallah, 18/07/2012