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Dagalo in Juba: Gateway to Peace in Sudan

Al-Sammani Awadallah

The recent visit paid by Vice President of the Sovereign Council,  Head of the High Committee of Following up the revitalized peace agreement of South Sudan, 1st Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, to Juba, the capital city of South Sudan State is considered an important visit because it had special significance on the close relations between the two countries.

The sentiment and warm feeling between the two countries made the visit important in terms of security, politics, economy, and also social relations.

The visit talked about several topics that overwhelm the political arena in both Khartoum and Juba due to the similarity of the issues and concerns in both countries.

Khartoum was not happy with what is happening in Juba and also Juba was not happy with the tensions in Khartoum.

During his visit, Dagalo met with the Vice President of the South Sudan government, Dr. Reik Machar in the presence of Action Defence Minister, Lt. Gen. Yassin Ibrahim Yassin, Maj. Gen. Mohamed Ali Ahmed and Sudan’s ambassador to South Sudan.

The meeting discussed the cooperation and the means of boosting the relations between the two countries in all aspects, besides the course of implementing the revitalized peace agreement of South Sudan, especially concerning the security arrangement item.

It is worth noting that 1st Lt. Daglo led the mediation of the negotiations between South Sudan rivals representing the government of Sudan where his endeavors were crowned by the formation of the South Sudan government in which opposition leader,  Dr. Machar became the First Vice President of South Sudan government, besides the integration of the opposition troops in training camps within the framework of forming a united South Sudan army along with the formation of the national parliament.

Daglo’s Participation in S. Sudan Presidential Institution Meeting

 Dagalo also participated in the meeting of S. Sudan Presidential Institution chaired by President Salva Kiir Mayardit in the presence of the Vice Presidents, Dr. Riek Machar, James Wani Ega, Hussein Abdul Bagi Akol, Taban Deng Gai, and Rebika Nyandeng besides the military, police and security leaderships. The meeting was attended by the Acting defense minister, Lt. Gen. Yassin Ibrahim Yassin, Ambassador Gamal Malik, Chief of SAF Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Mohamed Ali Ahmed.

The meeting listened to a report submitted by the joint defense council on the process of implementation of the security arrangements item where the first batch of the integrated troops was about to graduate according to the revitalized peace agreement.

South Sudan President welcomed the visit of Vice President of the Sovereign Council to Juba, pointing out the great efforts of 1st lt. Dagalo in following up the implementation of the peace agreement in South Sudan considering that Sudan is the grantor of that agreement.

For their part, the Vice Presidents of Salva Kiir expressed their appreciation for the role played by Sudan, especially  VP Daglo in making the peace agreement of South Sudan a success.

Vice President Daglo expressed his happiness in participating in the meeting to stand of the process of implementing the South Sudan peace agreement, pointing out the progress in the implementation through the formation of the national unity government on federal and state; levels, besides the formation of the national parliament and the states’ legislative councils, affirming that the considerable progress was due to the strong will of the signatory parties besides the concession provided by each party and the flexibility in accepting the proposals which lead to boosting peace and stability in South Sudan, affirming that Sudan will remain supporter to the stability of South Sudan government and people.

A joint meeting was held between Daglo and VP of South Sudan, Husein Abdul Bagi Akol discussed the incidents of the joint borders where two sides agreed to arrange for a conference to be participated by the leaders of those areas to discuss the issues of peaceful coexistence, development, and activating the popular diplomacy to achieve security and stability besides easing the movements of the citizens, commodities, and livestock.

The said meeting affirmed that importance of reactivating the previous peaceful coexistence agreement between Dinka Malwal and Misseriya was signed in 1990 as the citizens of both countries will activate the borders trade which could be developed to become a joint market to cover the needs of each country besides securing the borders of the two countries a matter which will lead the stability in the bordering zone.

Considering the importance of the peaceful coexistence on the bordering zone it was agreed to expedite the opening of the crossings and the roads that link the bordering areas to ensure the flow of the commodities and people aiming at achieving the joint interests.

It was also agreed that the local administrations, in coordination with the officials in the bordering area, work out a plan to confront any negative aspects to allow for free and safe movements of individuals and livestock without any problems.

The joint committees between West and South Kordofan from the Sudanese side with Unity and North Bahr el-Ghazal from the South Sudan side will allow for discussing the outstanding issues in those areas, hence proposing the appropriate solutions.

I think the agreement represented an actual start in pushing forward and improving the borders’ relations which could be a model to follow suit in neighboring countries.

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