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Burhan is in South Sudan while quest for peace continues

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.

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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.

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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.

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Since the conflict began in April, the UN reports that 4.8 million people have been displaced.

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