Panafrican News Agency

Libyan Presidential Council chairman calls for end to violations on Libya's southern borders

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The chairman of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mr. Mohamed al-Manfi, has stressed the need to stop violations on Libya's southern borders, arguing that securing them should be a priority after the deterioration of security in neighbouring Chad.

Mr. al-Manfi, who was addressing the Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission on Tuesday in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, stressed the importance of implementing the cooperation agreement in the field of security and border control with Chad, Sudan and Niger.

During the summit's deliberations on recent developments in Chad, the chairman of the Presidential Council spoke of the situation in Chad and the impact of the killing of the Chadian president, Idriss Déby Itno, on the security of the region, according to a statement issued by his information services.

President Déby died on 20 April from injuries sustained during armed clashes with Chadian FACT rebels from southern Libya.

This has raised the fears of the Libyan authorities for the southern region of the country, a vast desert area plagued by armed groups and trafficking networks of all kinds, especially since the fall of the regime of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and the collapse of the security organs and the army.

Mr. al-Manfi met with the Niger president, Mohamed Bazoum, and the president of the Chadian Transitional Military Council, Mahamat Déby Itno, on the sidelines of the Summit.

The meeting focused on bilateral relations, emphasising the intensification of cooperation efforts in security and border control, and strengthening the fight against terrorism, illegal immigration and organised crime.

-0- PANA BY/JSG/BBA/MA 26May2021