Sudan's foreign ministry avails Libyan consulate personnel in Darfur 48 hours to leave country

10:47, May 04, 2011      

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The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday availed the Libyan consulate personnel at El Fasher, capital of the North Darfur State, 48 hours to close their office and leave the country.

"The decision came on bases of tit-for-tat principle in response to the Libyan authorities' request to the Sudanese consulate personnel in al-Kufra to close their office and leave Libya in 48 hours," Khalid Musa, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told reporters here on Tuesday.

He said the move, as part of the tit-for-tat principle granted by the international relations among states, would not affect the diplomatic and political ties between the two countries.

Staff of the Sudanese consulate in Libya returned to Sudan's capital Khartoum on Tuesday after they were expelled from their headquarters in the Libyan city of al-Kufra and after the consulate's vehicles were burnt.

Meanwhile, Sudan's General Consul in Libya Mohamed Al-Balla Osman told reporters in Khartoum on Tuesday that "the military governor of al-Kufra who belongs to Gaddafi forces ordered them, through the director of ceremonies, to leave Libya in 48 hours and close the consulate. The military governor later apologized for burning the consulate's cars."

He added that the recent events in Libya have prevented many Sudanese nationals from leaving the North African country, but reiterated that their conditions were stable as they were not part of the incidents.

The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs earlier summoned the Libyan ambassador to Sudan and asked him to give explanations for the decision of the Libyan military governor of al-Kufra.

Around 1.5 million Sudanese live in Libya, among whom about 50, 000 have returned to Sudan since the eruption of the fighting in Libya between forces loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi and the rebels.

Source: Xinhua
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