Sudan Regrets Decision to Close its Consulate in Libya (UPDATED)

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed regret over the decision of the eastern Libyan Government to close its consulate in Kufra, saying the move was based on unfounded accusations.

According to a statement, Sudan “regrets the statement made by the Libyan Interim Government headed by Abdulla Al-Thinni to close the Sudanese consulate in Kufra on the basis of unfounded accusations that some of the consulate staff have exceeded their normal duties.”

The Foreign Ministry Spokesperson pointed out that since its establishment in 2003, the Consulate has continued its functions in accordance with the Vienna Agreement on Consular Relations and in conformity with international rules and traditions in diplomatic and consular work.

“Despite the security conditions in the region, the consulate has contributed and still continues to strengthen social communication and trade across the border of the two countries, a matter mentioned by the leaders and dignitaries of the Kufra on several occasions,” he further said.

“The Foreign Ministry has started contacts with the Government of National Accord (GNA) of Libya to further investigate the matter and to ascertain the extent to which the Libyan side fulfils all the rights and privileges guaranteed by the Vienna treaty and the relevant international conventions for diplomatic and consular missions,” reads the statement.

On Thursday, the Ministry summoned the Libyan Chargé D’Affaires to Sudan, Ali Muftah Mahroug, to protest the closure of the Sudanese consulate in Kufra. Libyan chargé d’affaires regretted the decision of al-Thinni’s government and pointed that the Government of National Accord (GNA), which he represents, was not aware of the decision.

Further, he pledged to transmit the Sudanese request to the authorities in Tripoli, pointing that Kufra is not under the control of his government.

The Sudanese consulate in Kufra consists of a consul and eleven employees.