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Ethiopia Welcomes South Sudan Rivals’ Pact to Unify Armed Forces

ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has welcomed the latest security accord between South Sudan leaders to unify their armed forces.

President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar agreed on the creation of a unified armed forces command on Sunday.



Responding to the latest deal, Prime Minister Abiy tweeted “Ethiopia welcomes today’s key agreement” reached by President Kiir and Vice President Machar.

“Ethiopia stands in solidarity with South Sudan and continues to stand ready to support efforts towards lasting peace and development,” he said.

The issue was one of several crucial unresolved areas holding up implementation of the 2018 deal to end a civil war in the neighboring nation, reported AFP news agency from Juba.

Kiir and Machar were present at the ceremony in Juba for the signing of the accord, which stipulates a 60-40 distribution of key leadership posts in the army, police and national security forces.

Minister of presidential affairs Barnaba Marial Benjamin hailed the deal as a “necessary step… that opens a route for the stable government of the Republic of South Sudan”.



The Executive Secretary of Regional bloc, IGAD, Workneh Gebeyehu too applauded the agreement “as an important milestone towards the full implantation of Transitional Security Arrangements in the country

Workneh commended Kiir Machar and the parties to the agreement “for the goodwill” and thanked the Government of Sudan, the Chair of IGAD, for brokering the deal.

He called on all the parties to respect the terms of the agreement and implement it fully, faithfully and timely.

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