Sudan’s FM: South Sudan rivals to sign peace deal at Ethiopia summit

Sudanese Foreign Minister Al-Dierdiry Mohammed Ahmed said on Saturday that regional leaders have decided to convene a summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, next week following intensive discussions on the sidelines of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held in Beijing on September 3-4.

Ahmed said that leaders of South Sudan's warring factions, who have already approved a deal on power-sharing and cessation of hostilities that was negotiated during weeks of talks hosted in Khartoum, are set to sign a final accord at the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) summit in Addis Ababa next Wednesday.

"After intense discussions between IGAD leaders in Beijing, it has been decided that an IGAD summit will be held on September 12 in Addis Ababa," Ahmed said, referring to the East African bloc that has pushed the latest initiative to end the war in South Sudan.

"Among other issues, the summit will approve the South Sudan peace agreement, which has already been initialed in Khartoum," he added.

Source: International Islamic News Agency