SOUTH AFRICA PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR PEACE PROCESS IN SOUTH SUDAN

KHARTOUM, S. Sudan, South Africa, pledged to support the peace process in South Sudan, along with efforts being made by the Sudanese government in this respect. Visiting Deputy President of South Africa, David Mabuza, made the pledge, during a meeting with Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir.

South Africa is supporting the efforts by al-Bashir and other regional leaders, who are engaged in the peace process, to ensure that South Sudan discovers its long lasting peace, Mabuza told reporters.

He said, the aim of his visit was to discuss the peace process in South Sudan and evaluate the progress made. “I’m leaving Sudan with a very optimistic mind that everything is going according to plan,” Mabuza added.

Mabuza arrived in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Monday, on an official two-day visit.

On Sept 13, South Sudan’s conflicting parties signed the final peace deal in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, in the presence of the heads of state and government of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development in Africa (IGAD).

The deal was reached through talks brokered in Khartoum by the Sudanese government, with a mandate by the IGAD.

The final deal includes the Khartoum peace agreement on South Sudan, signed last Jun and the agreement on power-sharing and security arrangements signed last Aug.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK