Spla Soldiers Near Juba April
Sudan People's Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO)

South Sudan on Monday welcomed the power-sharing deal that was signed over the weekend between Sudan’s ruling military council and the opposition for a three-year transitional period.

Mawien Makol Ariik, foreign affairs spokesman, said Africa’s youngest nation will support the pact that was inked between the opposition bloc Freedom and Change Alliance and the Transitional Military Council (TMC), saying the deal will spur mutual ties with Juba.

“We hail the Sudanese people for finally reaching at an agreement to move the country forward after recent domestic upheavals,” Ariik told Xinhua in Juba.

He said the new era in Khartoum will build stronger economic and political ties with its southern neighbor, adding that the three-year transition period will restore mutual commitment that will pave smooth path to implementation the deal.

The two warring Sudanese parties on Sunday signed the political and constitutional declarations to establish the transitional rule in a ceremony that was also attended by South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, who pledged his full commitment towards the pact that he said will restore peace, stability and prosperity in Sudan.

“The Sudanese are our brothers and we wish them a peaceful transition as we work towards establishing the transitional government of national unity in November,” the president remarked soon after the signing ceremony.

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