In a further sign of the close relations between Sudan and the new rulers in Libya, Sudan’s first vice president, Ali Osman Taha, met with the chairman of the executive board of Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC), Mahmoud Jibril, in Tripoli on Thursday. The same Ali Osman Taha has been accused by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of complicity in what the court’s chief prosecutor has identified as genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur — the crimes for which Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir is under indictment by the court. Taha’s visit coincided with a visit to Libya’s new rulers by John McCain and three other Republican senators.
Taha’s meeting with Jibril was the third meeting in Libya between leading Sudanese officials and NTC officials in just over a month. On August 27, as reported by the Sudan Tribune, Sudanese foreign minister Ali Ahmed Karti met with NTC chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil in Benghazi, the erstwhile capital of the Libyan rebellion. A few days earlier, the head of Sudanese intelligence, Mohamed Atta, is reported to have likewise met with rebel leaders in Benghazi.
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