The South Sudan President, Salva Kiir has called for peaceful resolution of political turmoil in the neighboring Sudan.
Kiir in his Independence Day message on July 9, 2019 said peace in Sudan, which he described as a sister nation, has economic and political bearing in Juba.
“I am concerned about the political developments in our sisterly country, the Republic of the Sudan. Sudan is not only a country we have long historical ties and share the longest border with but it is also an economic and political partner,” said Kiir.
He noted that owing to the significance of Khartoum in the political and economic affairs in Juba, he dispatched a high level delegation to Sudan with a strong message for peace when the elected government fell in April this year.
“It is in our interest to work with the leaders of Sudan to ensure the prevalence of peace in that country,” said Kiir.
President Kiir commended the military leadership, who grabbed power from Omar Bashir in April, for reaching a political agreement with the civilian rule agitators and the opposition coalition.
“We are delighted that the Sudanese Military Transitional Council and leadership of the Forces of Declaration of Freedom and Change have reached a peace deal through a power sharing formula. We encourage them to respect the provisions of the deal for peace and political stability in their country,” he stressed.
The South Sudan leader also praised the African Union and Ethiopian government for brokering peace talks in Sudan.
“The government of the Republic of South Sudan presents its compliments to the leadership of the African Union and that of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia for their timely and tireless efforts to resolve the political crisis in the Sudan and broker a peace agreement allowing for the establishment of a joint military and civilian government.”
The head of Military Transitional Council, Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan made his first foreign trip to Juba on May 27th May 2019 where he met President Kiir.