No country called Liberland: Egyptian foreign ministry

Ahram Online , Sunday 19 Apr 2015

Liberland has claimed sovereignty, though no other country has officially recognised it

The self-declared Liberland country (Photo: Liberland's website)

Egypt's foreign ministry spokesman says he never heard of European self-proclaimed state Liberland, warning Egyptians of possible embezzlements while seeking to immigrate.

"I've never heard of it," Badr Abdel-Atti told CBC channel on Saturday when asked if there is a country of that name.

He stressed that some people excel at conning possible immigrants out of their money through scams that people must show caution in order not to fall victims of embezzlement.

Abdel-Atti urged Egyptian citizens to get information regarding traveling and immigration only from the foreign ministry.

On its website, Liberland is identified as a "sovereign state located between Croatia and Serbia on the west bank of the Danube river."

The president is Vít Jedlička and it spreads on an area of seven km².

"Liberland came into existence due to a border dispute between Croatia and Serbia. This area along the west bank of the Danube river is not claimed by Croatia, Serbia or any other country," a statement on the website reads, though it was not officially accredited by any other country. 

Last June, Jeremiah Heaton planted a flag in a tiny parcel of uninhabited land on the border between Egypt and Sudan to establish "the kingdom of North Sudan", and made his young daughter a princess.

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