Yasir Arman, the deputy head of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) and secretary-general Ismail Khamis Jalab show a two-finger salute after the signing of a peace agreement between Sudan's power-sharing government and five key rebel groups, a significant step towards resolving deep-rooted conflicts that raged under former leader Omar al-Bashir, in Juba, South Sudan August 31, 2020. REUTERS
Egypt’s deputy foreign minister for Sudan and South Sudanese affairs, Osama Shaltout, has called on Sudanese parties that have not joined the peace agreement initiated on Monday in Juba to “catch up with the convoy of peace” and engage in negotiations as soon as possible, a statement by the Egyptian ministry read.
The deal, initiated in the South Sudanese capital by Sudan’s transitional government and the Sudan Revolutionary Front, along with many of the rebel groups in Darfur and elsewhere, is set to end violence that has lasted for almost two decades and caused hundreds of thousands of deaths.
The deal was initiated by nine armed movements grouped under Sudan's Revolutionary Front after ten months of mediation in South Sudan. A faction from the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) led by Abdelwahid Nour and a wing of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) headed by Abdelaziz Al-Hilu refused to take part.
Shaltout hailed the political will and strong determination of all parties involved in the agreement, affirming that Egypt will always support Sudanese stability and the implementation of peace in the African country.
The diplomat conveyed the greetings of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and the Egyptian government and people to South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit, hailing the role he and his country’s mediation team has played to host negotiations rounds for more than a year.
He also reviewed Egypt’s efforts supporting peace in Sudan, including hosting a number of meetings in Cairo and Ain Sokhna with the aim of ensuring continuous communication between parties to the conflict in Sudan.
Shaltout hailed the Sudanese efforts to build a nation on the basis of democracy, justice, equality and freedom.
Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, sovereign council head Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and deputy council head Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, also known as Hemeti, attended the signing ceremony, along with the leaders of the rebel groups.