World Bulletin/News Desk
Sudan on Saturday welcomed a peace deal between South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar to end the conflict in the nascent country.
"This agreement will contribute to the stability of the counties of the region, including Sudan," Sudanese Foreign Minister Abubakr al-Siddiq was quoted by the official Sudanese news agency as saying.
He said that Sudan has been hardest hit by the conflict in neighboring South Sudan.
"By the same token, it will be the first to benefit from the deal," al-Siddiq added, going on to say that his government is ready to help the South Sudanese rivals to implement the agreement.
Kiir and Machar, whose respective forces are engaged in fierce fighting, signed a peace deal on Friday that aims to end the conflict that has ravaged the nascent country since last December.
Under the deal, a ceasefire will go into effect within 24 hours while aid agencies and the United Nations will be given unconditional access to the areas most affected by the conflict.
The deal also calls for the formation of a transitional government that would pave the way for consultations over the formation of a permanent government. A permanent constitution should also be drafted, according to the deal's terms.
South Sudan has been shaken by violence since last December, when Kiir accused Machar of leading a failed coup attempt against his regime.
The conflict has already claimed more than 10,000 lives, with the U.N. estimating that around 1 million South Sudanese have been displaced as a result of the violence.
In January, the two sides signed an IGAD-mediated cessation of hostilities agreement in Addis Ababa.
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