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Egypt welcomes South Sudan’s unity gov’t formation

South Sudan President Salva Kiir meeting his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi in Cairo (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

February 24th 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – Egyptian foreign ministry said on Sunday in a statement that the North African country welcomes decision by South Sudan parties to the revitalized peace agreement to form the long-awaited unity government, according to the Egyptian foreign ministry.

The statement expressed “Egypt’s hope that this step would generate the necessary push to implement all the items of the revitalized peace agreement to achieve permanent and comprehensive peace in South Sudan.”

Egypt will continue providing support to all peacemaking efforts in South Sudan in coordination with different regional and international partners, according to the statement.

On Saturday, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and ex-vice president and later opposition leader Riek Machar announced formation of a transitional unity government to end the civil war in South Sudan.

Machar was also sworn in as the first vice president of the country, besides three other vice presidents.

South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011, has been suffering a civil war since late 2013 following Kiir’s dismissal of Machar over a conspiracy suspicion.

The conflict has claimed the lives of several thousand in South Sudan and displaced about a third of the country’s 12-million population.

The unity government formation is based on a 2018 revitalized peace deal signed in Ethiopia, which states that the government and opposition groups are tasked with establishing a unified national army to avoid repetition of violence that ruined a 2015 peace agreement.

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