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Al-Burhan Headed to Juba to address Negotiation Round with SPLM-N

Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, headed to Juba today, Wednesday, to address the official opening session of negotiations between the government and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) led by Abdelaziz Al-Hilu in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, Wednesday.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer 

Head of TSC, Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, headed to Juba, the capital of South Sudan, accompanied by TSC member Dr. Siddiq Taur.

The Chairman of the Sovereignty Council will address the official opening session of negotiations with the Abdelaziz Al-Hilu led SPLM-N.

Al-Burhan was seen off at Khartoum Airport by TSC Secretary-General, Lt. Gen. Mohamed al-Ghali Ali Yousif.

In March, both the transitional government and the SPLM-N signed a declaration of principles that approved the separation of religion from the state and the formation of a unified national army in the country.

The opening session will be attended by the President of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit, and PM Abdalla Hamdok, in the presence of a number of ministers and national experts.

The Sudanese people hope that the current negotiating round will lead to a final and comprehensive peace agreement, which will contribute to the stability of their ailing economy, hopefully averting added expenditure due to the high cost of war.

The negotiation round group was scheduled to start on Monday, May 24, but was postponed to Wednesday, May 26.

The Supreme Peace Council, at its first meeting in 2021 three weeks ago, agreed to the declaration of principles signed between al-Burhan and Abdelaziz al-Hilu.

The council also announced the formation of a mini-committee to make the necessary arrangements to start negotiations.

The Secular State Principle

The Burhan-Hilu agreement signed in Juba provided for the development of the agreement and its conversion into a permanent constitution for the country by the end of the transitional period.

The country’s 39-month transitional period was wound back to zero when the Juba Peace Agreement (JPA) was signed with the Revolutionary Front in October 2020.

The agreement stipulated the establishment of a state of citizenship and respect for religions and religious practices.

“No religion shall be imposed on anyone and the state shall not adopt any official religion,” the agreement read.

The SPLM-N stipulated earlier that separating religion from the state principle should be approved, before sitting for negotiations with the transitional government.

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