Sudan’s military leader, Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, has journeyed to South Sudan for talks with President Salva Kiir in Juba, the capital.
This visit follows several rounds of unsuccessful peace negotiations aimed at ending Sudan’s ongoing four-and-a-half-month conflict.
Journalists were not allowed to cover the meeting, but according to a press release from President Kiir’s office, the two leaders discussed the Sudanese crisis.
Sudan’s acting Foreign Minister, Ali al-Sadiq, told reporters that they believe South Sudan is well-suited to mediate the conflict in Sudan due to their shared history, understanding of each other’s problems, and knowledge of their respective needs.
South Sudan’s Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Martin Elia Lomuro, emphasized President Kiir’s unique familiarity with Sudan and his ability to find a solution to the Sudanese crisis.
The UN refugee agency has issued an appeal for $1 billion (£790 million) to provide essential aid and protection to the hundreds of thousands of people who have fled to neighboring countries.
Since the conflict began in April, the UN reports that 4.8 million people have been displaced.