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‘A unique moment in history’: Qatar attends Sudan peace signing ceremony

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The Gulf state headed the signing in hopes of ending years of conflict in Sudan.

Qatar participated in the final signing ceremony of the peace agreement between the transitional government of the Republic of Sudan and the Sudanese Armed Movements on Saturday, in the capital of South Sudan, Juba.

The delegation of the State of Qatar, headed by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi, attended the ceremony. Al Muraikhi described the event as a “unique moment in history” that relays the hopes of millions displaced by war to return to a peaceful nation that awaits development, reconstruction and prosperity.

The negotiations were sponsored by Qatar and the Republic of South Sudan.

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Al Muraikhi said that the new agreement “addressed the roots of the conflict and its repercussions”, noting Qatar has always been prepared to overcome obstacles and challenges in its bid to achieve peace. The next stage will consist of building peace and implementing the protocols that have been agreed upon, the Qatari official added.

Source: Qatar-MOFA.

Moreover, Al muraikhi called for an urgent need to achieve security, stability, development and prosperity for Sudan and its people, encouraging everyone to work together to meet the goals.

Qatar sponsored a similar negotiation process in 2011 that resulted in the Darfur Peace Agreement. Those talks brought together the government of Sudan and the armed movements to quell the Darfur conflict, which lasted for six years, killed at least 300,000 people and displaced around 2.7 million.

In 2013, Qatar also hosted the International Donors Conference for Reconstruction and Development in Darfur, where the country pledged to raise $7.2 billion to help rebuild the conflict area over a period of six years.

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Then in 2017, in efforts to boost the reconstruction of Darfur, the Qatari Fund for Development signed an agreement of $70 million, while funding ten projects to include fully integrated villages for refugees and people displaced due to the war.


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