Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, head of the Sudanese Transitional Sovereignty Council and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok have arrived in the capital of South Sudan, Juba, to participate in a new round of peace talks with rebel group Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-North).
According to the council, Al-Burhan will address the opening negotiation session between the transitional government and the SPLM-North led by Abdel Aziz Al-Hilu, which started on Wednesday afternoon.
The peace talks are hosted by the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir.
Al-Burhan and Kiir will also hold a meeting to address several issues, alongside the process of completing comprehensive peace. Last March, the Sudanese government signed a declaration of principles with the SPLM-North, in Juba, to form the basis for resolving the conflict in Sudan.
In October 2020, the Sudanese government signed a peace agreement with several armed movements, although two main movements were not present. These were namely: the movement led by Al-Hilu, which controls large areas in South Kordofan and the Blue Nile provinces; and the Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdel Wahid Mohamed Nour, which has a strong influence in Darfur.
Observers hope that a comprehensive peace agreement will lead to a real end to Sudan’s tensions.