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Machar raises concern over peace in Sudan

By Bida Elly David


South Sudan’s first Vice President has urged the international community to step up efforts in mediating the ongoing conflict in neighboring Sudan.

Dr. Riek Machar Teny highlighted the humanitarian crisis and need for a ceasefire, emphasizing the shared interests and close ties between the two countries.

The first Vice President raised the concern during a meeting with Ambassador Jamal Malik, Charge d’affaires of the Sudanese Embassy in South Sudan.

The discussion covered the current security, political, and humanitarian situation in Sudan, as well as the progress of South Sudan’s own peace agreement and upcoming elections.

Dr. Machar reiterated the need for the warring parties in Sudan to reach a consensus on a ceasefire, prioritizing civilian safety and allowing access to humanitarian aid.

He expressed South Sudan’s unwavering support for initiatives aimed at lasting peace in Sudan, acknowledging the intertwined destinies of the two nations.

The First Vice President stressed that peace in Sudan is crucial for progress in South Sudan as well.

He urged Sudanese parties to the revitalized peace agreement to work together for its full implementation, drawing parallels to South Sudan’s own ongoing efforts.

Machar also assured Ambassador Malik of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO’s) readiness for elections in South Sudan.

He however, emphasized the importance of fulfilling necessary prerequisites, including security guarantees and a level playing field, for holding successful and credible polls.

For his part Ambassador Malik described the meeting as productive, stating he briefed Machar on the ongoing conflict and explained the Sudanese government’s recent position on the IGAD-led peace process.

He commended South Sudan’s efforts for peace and expressed appreciation for their continued support.

Despite the current crisis in Sudan, Malik reaffirmed the Sudanese government’s commitment to the revitalized peace agreement.

He echoed Machar’s call for international support in paving the way for peaceful, free, and credible elections, as a crucial step towards lasting stability in both Sudan and South Sudan.


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