Egypt supports efforts to restore peace in South Sudan - Sisi

Wednesday 10-08-2016 03:09 PM

Sisi and Mogae in Cairo, Aswat Masriya

CAIRO, Aug 10 (Aswat Masriya) - Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met with the chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) of the peace agreement in South Sudan on Wednesday.

Sisi discussed with JMEC Chairman Festus Mogae, who is currently in Cairo, the efforts done to restore peace in Juba, South Sudan's capital. The two officials also examined a suggestion to deploy a regional protection force in South Sudan.

According to a statement by Egypt’s foreign ministry, Sisi confirmed Egypt’s keenness on consulting with the government of South Sudan and the African members of the Security Council over the deployment of regional protection force.

The Egyptian president also affirmed Egypt’s commitment to support efforts exerted to restore peace and stability in South Sudan.

Mogae said that the recent clashes have complicated the situation on the ground, adding that all parties involved should overcome their differences and work on implementing the peace agreement.

A new wave of conflict hit South Sudan in July, leaving more than 300 people dead. In addition, 42,000 fled their homes in the renewed fighting after soldiers turned on each other in Juba.

The fighting marked a blow to the peace agreement, signed in August 2015, aiming to bring an end to the civil war that began in December 2013.

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