Sudanese parties ask President Kiir to host peace talks in Juba

President Salva Kiir will invite all the political and civil forces in Sudan for a peace dialogue that will end the war in the country.

The decision was made at the conclusion of the two-day consultative meeting in Juba, where the parties to the peace process in Sudan had retreated to find solutions to the ongoing conflict.

“All parties decided that President Kiir should invite all political and civil forces in Sudan in preparation for South Sudan to host peace negotiations that will contribute to ending the war in Sudan,” they noted in the statement at the end of the brainstorming meeting sessions on Wednesday.

The two parties also agreed to be a fulcrum for the peace talks that will be held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on October 26, 2023.

Tut Gatluak, Presidential Advisor for Security Affairs, said during his speech at the closing session of the consultative meeting at the Pyramid Hotel in Juba, on Wednesday, that the conflict in Sudan requires political parties and the government of South Sudan to redouble efforts to ensure that the war stops. in the country.

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He added: “The parties that participated in the consultative meeting dialogue say that the ongoing war in Sudan directly affects South Sudan, which requires that we work together to stop the war.”

He said that the meetings held in Juba and in other neighbouring countries all support the Jeddah peace talks that resumed on Thursday.

He said: “All the meetings taking place in Juba and Sudan’s neighbouring countries are supportive of the ongoing discussions in Jeddah, and we will be the happiest people if the Jeddah platform reaches a ceasefire.”

Gatluak said that South Sudan would continue with the coordination with political parties and civil society in Sudan, stressing that the government of South Sudan is still following up on preparations to start peace talks in Jeddah.

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He added that communication will not be limited to the parties to the peace agreement between Juba and Sudan only.

He added: “The government of South Sudan is following up on preparations for the launch of negotiations in Jeddah on October 26, 2023, and we believe that the Jeddah discussions must yield three results: first, a ceasefire, second, the separation of forces, and third, the start of a humanitarian operation to relieve citizens.”

He revealed that President Kiir directed the mediation committee to begin communicating with Sudanese political parties to discuss political issues and the sustainability of peace in Sudan.

He said, “President Kiir directed the mediation committee to begin communicating with all political parties to deliberate on political issues and reach lasting peace in Sudan.”

In this context, the Government of South Sudan, led by President Kiir, is coordinating between countries, especially with Egypt. Gatluak said that President Kiir is in constant contact with the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to discuss ways to stop the war in Sudan.

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The capital, Juba, hosted a brainstorming meeting that brought together the parties that signed the Juba Sudan Peace Agreement, from October 23 to 25, 2023, and the meeting was attended by representatives from regional and international partners.

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