The 64th session of the Foreign Ministers of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) began in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Thursday to discuss ways of boosting coordination and cooperation toward pushing ahead the peace process in South Sudan.
In his opening statement for the session, Sudan’s Foreign Minister Dr. Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed said that the meeting is aimed at asserting the mandate given to President Omar al-Bashir by the IGAD extraordinary summit, to carry on with his sponsoring and hosting South Sudanese negotiations, with the view to resolving the remaining issues and completing the comprehensive peace process in the world’s youngest country.
In his opening remarks at the meeting, the representative of the African Union (AU) expressed AU’s appreciation of the role played by the Sudanese leadership for reaching agreement on the outstanding issues of governance and security arrangements in South Sudan. He stressed the importance of the start to implement what has been agreed upon by the South Sudanese parties, lauding, in this regard, the efforts of the Sudanese government to bring about a solution to South Sudan issues.
For her part, UK Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin said the agreement is an important step in the peace process, expressing her appreciation of the great efforts exerted by Sudan for achieving the power-sharing deal in South Sudan.
Meanwhile, the representative of the Ethiopian Foreign Minister stated that the signing of the agreement on the outstanding issues of governance and security arrangements in South Sudan affirms the ability of Africa to solve its own problems. She also applauded the role of Sudan, under the leadership of President Bashir, in reaching the South Sudan peace agreement.
Source: International Islamic News Agency