Machar, Hamdok discuss South Sudan’s peace deal, regional issues


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Sudan’s PM Hamdok (L) meets with South Sudan’s FVP Marchar in Juba on 20 August 2021 (ST)

August 21, 2021 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s First Vice President Riek Machar held two meetings with Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and his accompanying delegation who concluded a three-day visit to the country’s capital, Juba Saturday.

The two leaders, according to joint statement, discussed into detail the critical issues of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) mainly the implementation of the Security Arrangements, the Power-sharing Agreements on the Administrative Areas and appointment of the SPLM/A (IO) nominee to the position of Deputy Minister of Interior whose nomination was submitted to South Sudan President Salva on February 1, 2021.

During the meeting, the two parties acknowledged Sudan’s role, as a chair of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), in the implementation of South Sudan’s peace deal.

“In this regard, the two parties engaged in the difficulties facing the implementation of the R-ARCSS and agreed to continue on their engagements until final positive results are reached,” partly reads the statement issued on Saturday.

Meanwhile the Sudanese Prime Minister emphasized the importance of the two nations working together for the mutual interests of each country’s citizens.

“If we work together, the relationship between Sudan and South Sudan will be a lever for the region, especially since the two countries face similar challenges due to the transition and peace processes,” Hamdok told SUNA.

He thanked neighbouring South Sudan for hosting Sudan’s peace negotiations.

The meeting also discussed several issues pertinent to South Sudan’s peace accord in the context of IGAD, in addition to regional issues of common interests.

(ST)





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