Al-Burhan in Libya… The Purpose of the Visit?

The visit of General Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan to the Libyan capital, Tripoli, today, Monday, has raised questions about the purpose of the visit.

A member of the Sudanese Committee for the Removal of the Frozen Decommissioning, Salah Manaa, stated in a post on the (X) platform that Al-Burhan‘s visit to Libya was for “the purchase of weapons and four-wheel-drive vehicles from the militias.”

Manaa added that the first deal, valued at $7 million, was sold to the state for $15 million through an intermediary. Al-Burhan began his visit to Tripoli today, Monday, where he was received by the President of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mohammed Al-Menfi, at the Tripoli Mitiga International Airport, in the presence of the Chief of Staff of the forces affiliated with the interim national unity government, General Mohamed El-Haddad, and members of the 5+5 Joint Military Committee from the western region.

Al-Burhan and the accompanying delegation are on an official visit to Tripoli at the invitation of Al-Menfi.

According to Anadolu Agency, the delegation includes Al-Burhan, Foreign Minister Ali Al-Sadiq, and General Intelligence Director Ahmed Ibrahim Mufadal.

The Prime Minister of the National Unity Government, Dbeibah, previously announced his initiative to bring peace and halt hostilities in Sudan.

Al-Burhan and the Muslim Brotherhood

Al-Burhan is scrambling to find a way out for himself and other members of the security committee of the former President Omar Al-Bashir’s regime after his alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters from influential tribes with significant influence over the Islamic movement in Sudan was exposed. Hence, he is looking for any signs indicating his escape from punishment for the crimes he has committed.

Al-Burhan realizes that the initiative mentioned by the Libyan National Unity Government to solve the crisis in Sudan is nothing more than an attempt to mark its presence in the regional arena and an attempt by Abdul Hamid Dbeibah‘s government to divert attention from the crisis it is grappling with in its popular and political environments. Therefore, why not take advantage of the situation to appear in a favorable light after Al-Burhan recently shut the door to any serious initiatives akin to those proposed by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)?

Previously, authorities loyal to the army in Sudan banned the entry of humanitarian aid across the borders into the war-torn Darfur region in the west of the country, a move condemned by the United States and relief organizations, while the Rapid Support Forces emphasized their role in protecting aid in their control areas.

U.S. State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said on Friday that the United States was “deeply concerned about the army’s recent decision to block humanitarian aid across the Chad borders.”

The Rapid Support Forces welcomed Washington’s position, saying, “We share the concerns of the U.S. State Department about this decision, which clearly contradicts the principles of international humanitarian law and the international and national commitments of the Sudanese armed forces.”

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