UNSG Meets Sudan President Hails Peace Efforts

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres met with Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir on Sunday and praised government efforts to achieve peace in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

The two met in Addis Ababa on the sidelines of the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union.

Al-Bashir expressed his commitment to complete the peace process in Sudan, saying the unilateral ceasefire comes within the framework of efforts exerted to complete that process.

He added the next round of talks with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N) on the Two Areas conflict would witness a breakthrough that contributes to achieving peace in the country.

In the same context, Guterres stressed the reconfiguration process of the hybrid peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) will continue as planned, commending Sudan’s hosting of the South Sudanese refugees and its efforts to achieve peace in the newborn country.

He also hailed Sudan’s efforts to achieve peace in Somalia, Libya and the Central African Republic as well as its role in combating illegal migration and human trafficking.