Sudan’s military chief, ousted prime minister sign deal to end diplomatic row

(FoxNews) – Sudan’s military chief and ousted Prime Minister Ibrahim Ghandour announced a truce in their diplomatic spat on Monday as the two signed a deal to reinstate Ghandour and free imprisoned government officials.

Sudan’s U.N. ambassador said the accord was reached “over cordial and friendly terms” after Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s government agreed to release Ghandour after the military chief publicly agreed to back the embattled prime minister.

“The respective leaders underlined the importance of the existing relations between the two countries and accepted that these relations continue and be strengthened,” said Ambassador Nekaile Amor Hilali, reading a joint statement by the two delegations in the presence of U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council.

“Each also expressed its readiness to continue to respect the sovereignty and independence of the other,” he said.

“The parties agreed to undertake action aimed at cementing the exemplary friendship and cooperation between their peoples,” the statement said.

The leaders also agreed to carry out “a comprehensive exchange of visits between the two countries” to deepen the strategic ties between the countries.

Al-Bashir met with the acting chairman of the ruling National Congress Party, senior army Gen. Awadallah al-Mahdi, at a separate event, stressing the country’s need for a stable government to build the economy and prepare for the country’s independence in July.

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