File photo: Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit Reuters
Arab League (AL) Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit on Monday welcomed a comprehensive peace deal signed between Sudanese government and armed groups, a crucial step towards ending conflicts.
The deal, reached in the South Sudanese capital Juba, was signed with nine armed movements under the Revolutionary Front Alliance after 10 months of mediation of South Sudan.
"The AL is committed to push all kinds of cooperation and coordination with the Sudanese peace partners in the coming transitional period that will last for three years from the date of signing the deal," Aboul-Gheit said in a statement.
He called for mobilizing the Arab and international support to back Sudan to promote new era of peace and security and achieve the development aspired by the Sudanese people.
"The pan-Arab organization will continue coordination with the Sudanese side for the implementation of programs and initiatives that would boost the developmental priorities of Sudan especially in the war-torn areas," he added.
The peace agreement included protocols of security arrangements, power and wealth sharing, compensation for the displaced people and refugees, land ownership, and realization of justice and development.
It stipulated extension of the transitional period in Sudan for extra 39 months, starting on Sept. 1, 2020.