Juba, October 14, 2019 (SSNA) — The Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Chairman of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Dr. Abiy Ahmed and other regional leaders have arrived in Juba today for IGAD’s consultative meeting on how the regional bloc could bring about lasting peace in Sudan.
IGAD meeting came weeks after South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir, said he is prepared to resolve political disagreements between the Sudanese government and rebel groups.
The meeting aimed at finding a compromise between Sudanese provisional administration and armed groups is attended by most East African regional leaders. On the other hand, IGAD says they are optimistic South Sudan’s rival leaders Salva Kiir and dr. Riek Machar will form a transitional government by November 12 dateline.“The remaining critical tasks of the agreement can only be completed with unity and compromise. The mood in Juba is very encouraging. It is feasible to form a unity government in November 2019,” IGAD’s special envoy to South Sudan, Ismail Wais, said.IGAD also urges all non-signatory groups to the September 2018 peace agreement to join peace.
The United Nations Security Council said they congratulate the Ethiopian leader for being the recipient of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. They also thank him for ending the Ethiopia-Eritrea war and his peace efforts in the Horn of Africa including Sudan and South Sudan.