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Sudan’s al-Bashir to attend summit over peace efforts in S. Sudan

Sudanese Foreign Ministry said on Sunday that President Omar al-Bashir will attend the extraordinary summit of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on Monday.

The summit, to be attended by IGAD heads of states or governments, is to try to tackle the security and humanitarian conditions in South Sudan and the barriers to the implementation of the peace deal signed in August 2015.

“President al-Bashir will take part in the IGAD summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa Monday,” Abul-Ghani Al-Naeem, the undersecretary of Sudan’s Foreign Ministry, said in a statement.

“The president’s participation in the summit comes as part of his personal concern with the situation in the Republic of South Sudan, and as part of his continued endeavors to stop the war and achieve peace and stability in the south,” he added.

According to the statement, Al-Naeem met with U.S. Charge d’Affairs in Khartoum Steven Koutsis on Monday to discuss the ongoing efforts to restore security, stability and peace in South Sudan as part of the IGAD’s extraordinary summit.

Both sides agreed to support the peace efforts to reach a cease-fire in South Sudan as well as the IGAD efforts to restore security and stability in the new-born country.

The IGAD, a eight-country trade bloc in Africa, was established in 1996 with its headquarters in Djibouti. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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