FM heads up delegation to Libya to discuss Sudan situation

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki said that the Egyptian ministerial delegation currently in Libya was focusing its attention on the situation in Sudan, especially in light of an approaching referendum on the independence of Southern Sudan from the north.

Zaki told reporters that the visit to Libya by Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit and intelligence chief Omar Suleiman on  Sunday came within the framework of ongoing Egyptian-Libyan discussions on a number of important regional issues, with an emphasis on Sudan.

He noted that the trip follows discussions held in Sudan last Thursday between the Egyptian delegation and Sudanese officials aimed at helping the two sides in Sudan overcome any obstacles that stand in the way of holding a peaceful referendum in January on the fate of Southern Sudan.

Zaki added that the foreign minister was also scheduled to hold discussions with his Libyan counterpart on issues of concern to the Arab League and the promotion of joint Arab efforts in light of Libya's chairmanship of the Arab summit.

He went on to say that talks between Aboul Gheit and Libyan intelligence chief Musa Kusa would address the outcome of the extraordinary Arab summit held in Sirte, Libya on 9 October.

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