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Sudan closes border with Libya and Central Africa

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Khartoum decided on Thursday to close its border with Libya and Central Africa for security reasons, the first such measure since the ousting of former President Omar al-Bashir in April.

In a joint meeting with the government of South Darfur state in Nyala, the Sovereignty Transitional Council ordered the immediate closure of the border with Libya and the Central African Republic, because of its “security and economic risks”.

Member of the Sovereignty Council, Mohammed al-Faki Suleiman, a spokesman for the council, said in a press statement that the meeting discussed a number of issues of concern to the state, particularly the handling of security conditions.

Al-Faki said all vehicles that have crossed the Libyan border and the Central African Republic will be handled, but any other vehicles will not be allowed into the country.

Al-Faki added that the meeting decided to activate and intensify the anti-drug campaigns and resolve the lawlessness through activating the joint work between the regular forces in the state in cooperation with each other in the collection of weapons and the eradication of security deterioration in the state.

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