Translated by Ahmed Hussain
President Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan, met today in his office at the Presidential Palace in Juba, First Deputy Chairman of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, Head of the Governmental Side for Peace Negotiations, Lieutenant General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, in the presence of the Chairman of the Southern Mediation Committee and the President’s Adviser for Security Affairs Mr. Tut Qalwak and Dr. Dhayu Matouk, Member of the Mediation Committee and the Chrged affairs man work of the Sudanese embassy in the State of South Sudan, Jamal Malik. “We conveyed to President Salva Kiir Mayardit the greetings of the Chairman and members of the Transitional Sovereignty Council and the greetings of the Prime Minister and the Sudanese people,” the First Deputy Chairman of the Transitional Sovereignty Council said in a press statement after the meeting. He explained that he provided President Salva Kiir a detailed enlightenment on the process of the Sudanese peace negotiations, confirming that they have made progress. Notable despite the delay, indicating that it is proceeding well and steadily towards its desired goals.
The First Vice President of the Sovereignty Council indicated that the Southern Mediation set a timetable for completing the remaining files. His Excellency expressed his optimism that the peace agreement would be initialed in the coming days.
The First Vice President of the Sovereignty Council expressed his thanks and appreciation to the government and people of southern Sudan for the great sacrifices and efforts they made in order to achieve peace and stability in Sudan, stressing the ability of everyone in Sudan and South Sudan to solve their own problems, promising the Sudanese people to achieve peace, stability and security in the country.
For his part, Mr. Tut Qalwak, Chairman of the Mediation Committee and Adviser to President Salva Kiir for Security Affairs, confirmed that the meeting dealt with the progress and implementation of the peace agreement in the State of South Sudan, as President Salva Kiir, First Vice President of the Sovereignty Council, assured that the implementation of the agreement is progressing well.
Mr. Tut added that the meeting also touched on the Sudanese peace negotiations file, referring to the agreement that was signed yesterday regarding the security arrangements file in the two areas between the government and the SPLM-North led by Malik Aqar. He said that President Salva Kiir was informed of the progress of the negotiations, explaining that if negotiations were completed on the security arrangements file, the Darfur track, then all the negotiating files with the Revolutionary Front would have been completed, which paves the way for the initial signing of the peace agreement on the 28th of this August.
The Chairman of the Southern Mediation Committee expressed the thanks and gratitude of the government and people of Southern Sudan to the First Vice President of the Transitional Sovereignty Council for his great role and efforts in achieving peace and stability in Southern Sudan, stressing his country’s commitment and support to achieve comprehensive peace.