South Sudan keen to mend ties with Sudan

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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Monday received a written message from his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir Mayardit dealing with the realization of peace in the South Sudan and the bilateral ties. The message was delivered to al-Bashir by South Sudan’s Presidential Adviser Tot Galwak who arrived in Khartoum on Monday.  “The message deals with the realization of peace in South Sudan and the bilateral relations,” Galwak told reporters after meeting President al-Bashir Monday.

Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir visits South Sudan

“The message reiterated South Sudan’s readiness to communicate with Sudan with regard to the outstanding files between Khartoum and Juba,” he noted.

He reiterated his country’s keenness to sustain the good neighbourliness with Sudan to enable the two countries to live side by side in peace.

He further commended President al-Bashir’s supportive stances to the peace process in his country.

South Sudan has been witnessing a civil war since Dec. 2013 when fighting erupted between troops loyal to President Kiir and defectors led by his former deputy Riek Machar.

Last week, leader of South Sudan’s major rebel group Machar signed a peace deal proposed by the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development in Africa with the Secretary General of the ruling party Pagan Amum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

However, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit refused to sign the deal and asked for a two-week extension.

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