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Sudan appoints new peace envoy to South Sudan

October 18, 2018 at 4:24 pm

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir during a press conference on 4 April 2017 [Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency]

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir yesterday announced the appointment of Ambassador Jamal Al-Sheikh as peace envoy to follow up with the implementation of the peace agreement signed last month between rival South Sudanese parties in Addis Ababa under Khartoum’s auspices.

President Al-Bashir made the announcement as he spoke to a group of Sudanese diplomats following a meeting of the National Council for Foreign Policy.

He said South Sudan has become a failed state, therefore Khartoum intervened and sponsored negotiations to achieve a comprehensive peace.

“The State of South Sudan, was in the past, the largest sponsor, financier and engine of insurgency in the states of South Kordofan and the Blue Nile. Therefore peace in South Sudan is a big step to achieve peace in Sudan,” he said.

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South Sudan became an in independent state in July 2011. However two years later, armed conflict broke out between the South Sudanese government and opposition groups.

On 5 September, the warring parties in South Sudan signed a final peace agreement in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.