28 December 2012

Sudan: President Agrees to Summit With South Sudan

Photo: Isaac Billy/UN Photo
Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir,left, and South Sudanese president Salva Kiir. (file photo).

Sudan's President, Field Marshal Omar Hassan Ahmad Al-Bashir has said he is ready to meet with his South Sudanese counterpart, President Salva Kiir Mayardit, "anywhere and anytime" to expedite the implementation of the cooperation agreement they signed in Addis Ababa in September.

His statement followed the visit of Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam to Khartoum this week to discuss the implementation of the nine agreements the two presidents negotiated in Addis Ababa. Prime Minister Hailemariam, who held similar discussions with President Salva Kiir in Juba, succeeded in committing both leaders to a fresh round of dialogue at a presidential summit in Addis Ababa set for next week.

Prime Minister Hailemariam, who emphasized that he would continue to work with the two sides to achieve peace and stability, said "We are committed to continuing to work closely with the two leaders to bring peace and stability to both Sudan and South Sudan". Following this round of shuttle diplomacy, the President's of both countries assured Prime Minister Hailemariam of their commitment to engaging in substantive discussions on the implementation of the peace agreements at an upcoming presidential summit.

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