Sudan’s new transitional government met with rebel leaders this Monday, in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, kicking off peace talks aimed at ending the country’s years long civil wars.
The government delegation, led by General. Mohammed Hamadan Dagalo, member of the sovereign council, arrived in Juba late Sunday and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, has also arrived in Juba to be part of the peace talks.
The meeting comes after some rebel groups signed a draft agreement in Juba last month, detailing a roadmap for the talks, trust-building measures and an extension of a cease-fire already in place.
A power-sharing agreement between the generals, pro-democracy movement and the transitional authorities have up to six months to conclude the peace process.
Ethiopia and the African Union mediated the power-sharing agreement in August which ended months of violence and faltering talks between Sudan’s generals and protesters following the uprising against al-Bashir.