Sudan’s President Omer Hassan al-Bashir, holding bilateral talks with the African Union chief mediator, Thabo Mbeki, on the recent developments of the peace process, national dialogue as well as the relations between Sudan and South Sudan, underlined on Monday that Sudan is keen “to bring the war in the Two Areas [South Kordofan and Blue Nile] to a definitive end by achieving a comprehensive cease fire and discussing other issues through negotiations,” according to Sudan’s presidential assistant, Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid.
Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid told journalists that President Bashir had briefed Mbeki on the new developments of the national dialogue ranging from its agenda to the national figures partaking in it. Mbeki on his part told reporters that his bilateral discussions with President Bashir covered issues related to the peace process in Sudan.
Mbeki also noted that the meeting reflected President Bashir’s commitment to put a stop to the conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile once and for all. Speaking on Sudan’s relations with South Sudan, Mbeki pointed out that his meeting with President Bashir signaled Sudan’s keenness to implement the cooperation agreements signed with South Sudan with a view to resolve the outstanding issues between the two countries.