KHARTOUM, Sudanese President omer al-Bashir hosted the signing ceremony for an agreement for a solution of the pending issues of governance and security arrangements in South Sudan by leaders of that country’s warring groups in the presence of the Presidents of Kenya, Uganda and Djibouti, the Prime Minister of Somalia and the Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia as well asrepresentatives of regional and international organizations and members of the diplomatic corps in Khartoum.

The President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayadit, signed for his government while Dr. Riek Machar signed for the opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and Deng Alor for South Sudan’s political detainees, Gabriel Johnson for the SAWA Alliance, Joseph Okello for other political parties and forces, Francis Deng for a group of prominent South Sudan individuals, Mohamed Marjan for the religious groups, and a representative of the civil society organizations (CSOs).

President al-Bashir and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed as sponsors of the peace agreement, while representatives of the African Union, the United Nations and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) signed as witnesses.

Sudanese Foreign Minister Dr. Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed said that all the political parties in South Sudan had agreed to sign the agreement on the sharing of power and security arrangements.

He pointed out at the signing ceremony here Sunday evening that the peace agreement is supported regionally and internationally, and affirmed the keenness of Sudan to boost realization of peace and stability in South Sudan, which was part of Sudan before it peacefully seceded in July 2011 to become the world’s youngest nation.

The Foreign Minister expressed pleasure at the participation of the Presidents of Uganda, Kenya and Djibouti and the Prime Minister of Somalia and the Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister at the ceremony in Khartoum, referring to the wide participation of representatives of the regional and international organizations and their support to the agreement which will contribute to the return of peace and stability in South Sudan.

Meanwhile, President Al-Bashir has pledged to help South Sudan enjoy peace, accord, security and surpass the impacts of war during his meeting here Monday at the Guest House with South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

President Al-Bashir said Sudan was ready to to do all that was required from it for implementing the peace agreement which was signed in Khartoum on Sunday. He pointed out that the coming stage will not be easy as all the leaders of South Sudan are required to stick to wisdom and patience toward surpassing any hindrances that may face the implementation of the peace agreement, patching up their rifts in the social fabric and realizing reconciliations.

President Salva Kiir again thanked President Al-Bashir for his efforts, stressing that the peace agreement could have not be achieved without President Al-Bashir’s intervention.