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Guinean President and Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Alpha Conde (AP)

Khartoum – Guinean President and Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Alpha Conde pledged to support Sudan in its efforts to achieve a complete lifting of US sanctions imposed on it.

He also announced that a meeting for the Libyan rival parties would be held in the Guinean capital to agree on a government of national unity.

Conde arrived on Sunday in Khartoum on a three-day visit to discuss the security situation in the continent.

The official news agency SUNA Sunday quoted Sudan’s foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour as saying “Conde’s visit to the country comes upon an official invitation from President Omar al-Bashir”.

During a news conference following a bilateral meeting with the Sudanese president, Conde said he would work to achieve the full lifting of US sanctions against Sudan, in order to facilitate the movement of Bashir within the African continent and the world.

“We came here to tell the world that we stand by this people and this country,” the AU chairperson stated.

On Libya, Conde blamed the international community for the security instability in the African country, stressing that foreign intervention in the Libyan crisis has further escalated the crisis there.

He noted in this regard that Guinea would host a meeting between the different Libyan factions to agree on a national unity government, with the hope to end the conflict.

Conde also called on Sudan to support the AU plans, which aim to reach a political solution to end the political stalemate in Libya.

The Sudanese president, for his part, said he discussed with his Guinean counterpart bilateral relations and the latest developments in Sudan, on the political, security and economic levels.

He added that discussions also touched on regional developments, highlighting the AU chairman’s efforts to support Sudan and the African continent.