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SUDAN, Kiir offers to mediate over crisis

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and President Kiir at J1 in Juba on 27th May, 2019 (Photo: Sheila Ponnie)

By Kitab A Unango

President Salva Kiir Mayardit has offered to mediate the Sudan’s ongoing political crisis in a bid to bring peace and harmony in the country.

Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth revealed the President’s plans last Friday.

Since the fall of President Omar Bashir in April this year and the subsequent taking over of  rule by the Military Council, Sudan has been experiencing internal crisis with citizens demanding for civil rule in the country.

Makuei said the government knows the Sudan crisis better than any other country thus prompting the government to intervene to end the problem.

“South Sudan is the country that knows the problems of Sudan better than any other and note that only Sudan knows our problems more than others,” Makuei said.

Adding, “That is why the government of South Sudan, H.E President Salva Kiir Mayardit offered to mediate so that those parties in Sudan are brought to work together to bring peace and harmony to the people of Sudan”.

Makuei also revealed that Tut Geu Gatluak, Presidential Advisor on Security Affairs, travelled last week with a delegation to Sudan and Egypt on official missions to ascertain possible grounds of bringing Sudan’s rival groups together.

“Presidential Advisory for Security was sent to lead the high-level delegation to Khartoum and they came back and went to Egypt,” Makuei stated.

Despite knowing Sudan’s situation more than any other country, Makuei did not elaborate on what other reasons prompted the government’s offer to mediate in its neighbor’s problem.

However, analysts argued that likely Sudan’s internal crisis could have negative impact on South Sudan economy.

In April this year, Makuei also told reports after the Council of Ministers’ extraordinary meeting that the flow of the country’s oil had been interrupted by the ongoing crisis in the Sudan.


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