Juba — President of the Sovereignty Council, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and President of the Republic of South Sudan, Lieutenant General Salva Kiir Mayardit, held a bilateral summit today in Juba.
During the summit, the two presidents discussed bilateral relations between the two countries, focusing on the process of consolidating peace in the two countries.
The summit mainly reviewed developments related to the process of resuming peace negotiations between the transitional government and the SPLM-N led by Abdulaziz Adam Al-Hilu.
Lieutenant General Tut Qalwak, advisor to President Salva Kiir for security affairs, head of the southern mediation team in the Sudanese peace talks, said in a press statement at the conclusion of the summit that the Chairman of the Sovereignty Council held a session of talks prior to the holding of the presidential summit, with the Chairman of the Popular North Movement Abdel Aziz Al-Hilu. Differences over the declaration of principles between the government of the transitional period and the movement, in preparation for the start of formal peace negotiations between the two parties.
Counselor Tut confirmed that the peace road map between the government of the transitional period and the SPLM-N has become clear, indicating that the meeting that took place between the Chairman of the Sovereignty Council and the President of the North Movement made advanced strides within the framework of the common understandings on the declaration of principles.
Saying the advent of the Sudanese people will soon be complete in the peace process of Sudan, announcing that the Chairman of the Sovereignty Council and the President of the SPLM-N will sign tomorrow, Sunday, a declaration of principles between the government of the transitional period and the movement, and that President Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan and the sponsor of the Sudanese peace talks, will witness it.
Tut said that after the signing of the Declaration of Principles, the mediation committee will set a schedule for negotiations between the parties, which he said are now ready to sit at the negotiating table.