Al-Bashir and Deby Discussed peace-building efforts in CAR

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Sudan and Chad discussed ways to ensure the success of the President al-Bashir ‘s initiative to achieve peace in Central African Republic (CAR).

The President of the Republic Omar al-Bashir and  his Chadian counterpart Idriss Deby discussed on the sideline of the 20th extraordinary session of the African Union (AU) Executive Committee on institutional reform  in Addis Ababa, ways to enhance the coordination to make a success of al-Bashir ‘s initiative, Sudan’s foreign minister said.

The two president had resolved to further intensify efforts  with neighboring states to secure its borders with Libya.

The minister said in a press statement that the meeting dealt with issues of common concern, specifically, the bilateral cooperation on linking the two countries through roads and railways.

Efforts to achieve peace

Sudan has launched peace talks in the capital, Khartoum, between the parties to the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Sudan’s Foreign Minister Dardari Mohamed Ahmed said President Faustin Archange Touadera  has expressed deep appreciation for the Khartoum offers to host  the negotiations.

The Sudan’s efforts to achieve peace in the CAR within the framework of the African Union initiative.

Recently, Khartoum announced its intention to continue efforts to achieve peace in CAR after hosting a round of negotiations between the armed groups in that country.

At the end of August, Khartoum hosted a session of negotiations between the Seleka’s armed opposition – AntiBalaka Militia Groups  in CAR on a Russian initiative and the sponsorship of al- Bashir.

The negotiations ended with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establishing a joint body for peace on behalf of the “Central African Rally” aimed at renouncing violence and extremism, cessation of hostilities and allowing free movement of citizens and trade with neighboring countries.

Since 2013, the Central African Republic has been plagued by religious and ethnic conflict, following the seizure of power by the Seleka’s armed opposition, most of them Muslim, leading to reprisals by the AntiBalaka Militia Groups.

President al-Bashir also sent envoys to Kenya and Uganda to drum up support for his CAR initiative the same way he did with the South Sudan initiative.

Speaking to SMC, the government spokesperson Bishara Juma Aror said that “There is an international and regional welcome for Sudan’s initiative to resolve the disagreements between the people of CAR “, adding “Sudan is leading great efforts to reach a lasting peace that will end the state of conflict and war, renounce violence and cessation of hostilities.