JUBA, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Sudan's negotiating parties on Friday applauded South Sudan's mediation efforts and expressed their commitment to restoring peace and stability in Sudan.
The Juba declaration is a key step toward achieving much-needed lasting peace in Sudan, Sudan Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said, adding that his sovereignty council is ready to have dialogue with all the armed groups in Sudan's Darfur, South Kordofan, and Nile regions to put the country in economic prosperity.
"The outcome of the unification of the factions of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) is the right choice for the people of Sudan," Hamdok said in Juba after addressing a joint meeting with the opposition factions. "This move will facilitate the peace process in the near future."
Hamdan Dagalo, chief negotiator of the SRF, said the front is committed to supporting the sovereignty council administration as a good gesture for achieving peace and stability in Sudan.
"We need to support this government because this government is not only supported by some armed factions in Sudan but it has overwhelming support by all the people in Sudan," he said.
"We are looking to work hand-in-hand with Prime Minister Hamdok in order to achieve peace and stability in Sudan," Dagalo said. "We are ready to cooperate with open heart and mind."
Hamdok, who arrived in Juba on Thursday for a two-day official visit, pledged to boost ties with South Sudan.
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir is mediating and hosting talks between Sudan's sovereignty council and leaders of armed groups in Sudan's Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions.
The Sudanese government and armed groups agreed to hold peace talks on Oct. 14, according to a declaration signed in Juba last week.