Arab League welcomes signing of power-sharing deal in South Sudan

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The Arab League has welcomed South Sudan’s final agreement on power-sharing signed in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, with the aim of ending the five-year-long civil war in the world’s youngest country.

Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit commended this important step and the political will shown by the warring factions to overcome all the contention points that prevented achieving comprehensive peace, restoring security and stability and complementing national reconciliation in South Sudan.

Arab League Spokesman Mahmoud Afifi said Monday in a statement that Aboul Gheit expressed the hope that the deal will lead to the end of the division and the state of infighting in South Sudan over the past five years. He particularly praised the position of President Salva Kiir and his agreement with the opposition factions to form a new national unity government with the return of Riek Machar to assume the post of first vice president.

The spokesman added that the Arab League chief expressed his appreciation of the Sudanese government for its important political efforts to host and facilitate the peace negotiations that led to the signing of this agreement. He also commended the mediation efforts exerted by the African Union (AU) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) as well as the regional and neighboring countries, to bring about a lasting and comprehensive solution to South Sudan’s conflict.

Source: International Islamic News Agency