April 18, 2023 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are increasing their diplomatic efforts to negotiate a ceasefire agreement with rival leaders in Sudan.
Tut Gatluak, South Sudan’s presidential adviser on security affairs, told Sudan Tribune that the conflict in Sudan has attracted global attention, causing President Kiir to closely monitor the situation and engage with rival leaders to accept a ceasefire agreement that permits humanitarian intervention.
“President Salva Kiir Mayardit has been talking to regional leaders since Sunday. He has now escalated these efforts. he has spoken to the Egyptian president again yesterday (Monday).
He had also spoken to the Kenyan, Ethiopian, Uganda, and other leaders and heads of key international institutions about the situation in Sudan.
Kiir expressed a strong desire to mediate the ceasefire proposed by the heads of state and government of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), according to the security adviser.
President Kiir has assured Sudanese leaders of South Sudan’s willingness to assist in securing opportunities for constructive dialogue that prioritize peace and enhance the democratic approach.
Tut Gatluak said he is optimistic that the conflicting Sudanese parties will refrain from violence and instead rely on democratic principles to enhance opportunities for dialogue and maintain peace, justice, and life.
The conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in the capital Khartoum and adjoining cities erupted on Saturday morning, following days of tension over the RSF’s integration into the army.