Russian Deputy Foreign Ministry Mikhail Bogdanov met with South Sudanese opposition leader and former Vice President Riek Machar to discuss the settlement of the crisis in South Sudan, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.
Bogdanov paid a visit to the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on Saturday.
“During the conversation, prospects for a settlement of the domestic political conflict in South Sudan were substantively discussed on the basis of relevant agreements between the government and the opposition, reached through the mediation of the President of Sudan [Omar] Bashir,” the Foreign Ministry said in statement on the results of the meeting.
At the same time, the Russian side expressed hope that the South Sudanese parties will strictly comply with all signed agreements, including those related to the return of leaders of the armed opposition to power.
“This would create the necessary conditions, including in the field of security, to promote mutually beneficial long-term cooperation between Russia and South Sudan,” the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed.
South Sudan broke away from Sudan after a referendum in 2011. In 2013, a civil war erupted in the country, as South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir of the Dinka tribe accused Machar, an ethnic Nuer, of planning a coup.