Chad, Libya, Niger and Sudan border security committee to meet in Khartoum

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The 3rd ministerial meeting aimed at strengthening the security of the joint border among Sudan, Libya, Chad and Niger will be preceded on Wednesday by a meeting of their experts in Khartoum, Sudan.

The two-day meeting will be attended by officials of their foreign, defence and interior ministries as well as those from intelligence services.

In a press statement on Tuesday, the Director of the Central and West Africa Department at the Sudanese Foreign Ministry, Amer Ali Amer, said the meeting follows the continuation of the Ndjamena meeting in which the four countries signed a framework agreement to enhance security cooperation on the joint border.

According to Amer, the meeting will develop the appropriate mechanisms to implement the framework agreement.

In a meeting held last April in Niamey, the four countries agreed to “coordinate the actions” of their armed forces to fight against “transnational crime” in the region.

The four countries agreed “to establish a cooperation mechanism for border security and the fight against transnational organized crime”. They followed it up by signing an agreement in Ndjamena in June, to control and monitor the joint borders.

The political instability in Libya after the collapse of Muammar Kadaffi’s regime impacted negatively on the whole region, particularly Niger, Chad and Sudan.

Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb and Boko Haram pose a serious threat to Niger and Chad while Sudan seeks to prevent trafficking of arms to Darfur and migration of mercenaries to Libya.

Sudan is not part of the multi-national military force in Africa’s Sahel region (“G5 Sahel force”) which includes Chad, Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso and Mauritania, and is tasked with policing the Sahel region in collaboration with 4,000 French troops deployed there since intervening in 2013 to fight an insurgency in northern Mali.
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08 august 2018 13:24:48

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