UN secretary-general urges Sudan to talk to rebels
On the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Foreign Affairs Minister Ibrahim Ghandour on Friday.
They discussed the initiative of President Omar Al Bashir to convene an inclusive Sudanese dialogue to end the armed conflicts in the country and adopt a new constitution.
The secretary-general welcomed the efforts to launch the dialogue and urged the Sudanese government to create an environment conducive to its success, the office of the UN spokesman reported in a statement on Friday.
He underscored the need for the government to engage in direct talks on a cessation of hostilities with the armed movements in Darfur and in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states so that they will be able to participate in the National Dialogue.
The two also discussed relations between Sudan and the UN, noting the importance of enhanced cooperation and dialogue for the benefit of the people of Sudan.
The secretary-general looked forward to further discussions on the exit strategy for Unamid under the guidance of the UN Security Council and the AU Peace and Security Council, the statement reads.
He further called on the Sudanese government to take strong ownership of the Sustainable Development Goals and underscored the need for African countries to speak with one voice on climate change.
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