South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has offered to help mediate a political transition in Sudan after the fall of autocratic president Omar al-Bashir, Kiir’s office said on Wednesday
His move came seven months after Bashir helped mediate a shaky peace deal between Kiir and the main opposition rebel group in South Sudan
Kiir said he was ready to support the “democratic aspirations” of his former adversary in Khartoum and help bring about a peaceful transition.
“The president has offered to mediate the ongoing negotiations among various groups in Sudan with the hope that the new transition will usher in a new day in Sudan…,” a statement by Kiir’s office said.
South Sudan’s petroleum minister told Reuters he had traveled to Khartoum to meet the new leadership, alongside a high-level delegation that included Juba’s security service chief and a presidential adviser on security.
While the divorce was acrimonious, the two countries remain closely tied. “Sudan needs South Sudan’s oil flows, and South Sudan’s political deals often run through Khartoum.” Alan Boswell, a senior analyst with Brussels-based think tank International Crisis Group told Reuters