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China welcomes South Sudan peace deal


Beijing – China has welcomed the signing of a peace deal by South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, describing it as an important step forward in South Sudan’s peace process aiming to end the conflict in the country.

Under the deal proposed by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the conflicting sides would form a new government.

Riek Machar, leader of South Sudan’s major rebel group and the former vice president, was expected to regain the post after he was dismissed in 2013.

Machar has already signed the deal with the secretary general of the ruling party, in Addis Ababa of Ethiopia last week.

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Hua Chunying, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, in a statement on Thursday in Beijing, expressed government’s appreciation toward the efforts made and bold step taking by the IGAD and other parties.

She said China has expressed the hope that the conflicting sides in South Sudan, can implement the agreement with concrete actions, improve the humanitarian situation, start reconstruction and resume peace and stability.

Hua said China would maintain communication and coordination with all sides and continue to play a constructive role in promoting the peace process in South South. (Xinhua/NAN)

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