Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry speaks during a United Nations Security Council meeting about the situation in Libya in the Manhattan borough of New York February 18, 2015 - REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
CAIRO – 1 July 2018: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Egypt supports a national dialogue to end civil war in South Sudan, ahead of the 31st African Union Summit in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott.
Shoukry added in press statements that international sanctions will not solve the brutal civil war inside the recent African State; instead, a peace agreement satisfying all warring factions can realize security and stability in South Sudan.
Shoukry's statements come ahead of the African Union summit expected to kick off on Sunday in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott.
Shoukry stated that Egypt provided all the logistic support to establish a permanent ceasefire between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and head of the South Sudanese opposition arch-foe Riek Machar.
Shoukry lauded the agreement that was signed in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on Wednesday, under the supervision of Sudanese President Omar al Bashir and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
“Egypt will seek to enhance the latest peace agreement through its membership in the AU Peace and Security Council,” said Shoukry.
The latest push for peace in South Sudan comes as part of a fresh bid launched by East African leaders with the two fighting factions facing a looming deadline to avert UN sanctions.