Bashir says Sudan affected by the conflict in South Sudan

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (R) reviews the honour guard with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (L) following his arrival in Khartoum for an official visit to Sudan on May 2, 2018 (File photo)

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (R) reviews the honour guard with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (L) following his arrival in Khartoum for an official visit to Sudan on May 2, 2018 (File photo)

May 6th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – The Sudanese president Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir said on Wednesday that his country, Sudan, is affected by the conflict and instability in South Sudan which seceded from the northern African country in July 2011.

This came during a press conference with the new Ethiopian premier who visited the Sudanese capital on Wednesday for an official visit. Bashir reaffirmed his country’s commitment to bringing peace to the neighboring South Sudan pointing out that Sudan has been a safe haven for South Sudanese fleeing the conflict back home.

“We are keen to bringing peace and stability in South Sudan, and we have been directly affected by the insecurity and the large numbers of displaced people who have entered Sudan from South Sudan and Ethiopia,” Bashir said.

South Sudan descended into civil war in December 2013 after forces loyal to the country’s president, Salva Kiir Mayardiit and his then Governor of Northern Bahr Al-Ghazal State Gen. Paul Malong Awan went door-to-door in the capital Juba killing civilians belonging to the Nuer ethnic group sparking a nation-wide protests from top army generals from the Nuer leading to a civil war.

A peace agreement signed in August 2015 by President Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar and negotiated under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the African Union (AU) in presence of Troika and other international observers collapsed in July 2016 following fighting at the presidential palace in Juba “J1”.

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