Sudan’s peace parties agree on separation of state from religion.

From left to right Head of Sudan Sovereign Council,  Abdel Fattah Al Burhan, SPLM-N leader Abdel Aziz Adam al-Hilu, South Sudan President Salva Kiir and David M. Beasley, the Executive Director of World Food Programme hold hands after the signing Declaration of Principles Agreement between the government of  Sudan and SPLM-North led by Abdel Aziz Adam Al Hilu in Juba on 28/03/2021. | Source: Office of the President Facebook page

The transitional government of Sudan and the holdout opposition have agreed on a secular state. The 1998 constitution of Sudan says those working in the state and in public life should worship God in their daily lives.

The government led by Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM – North) headed by Abdel Aziz Al-Hilu signed a declaration of principles in Juba on Sunday. The parties agreed to establish a state where freedom of belief and worship shall be guaranteed.

According to Sudan News Agency, Al-Hilu described the agreement as an important breakthrough in the peace process, saying it would pave the way for wider negotiations.

Al-Hilu expressed hope that the negotiators will give top priority to the Sudan’s high interest.

The President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir who signed as a witness, urged Sudanese authorities to bring the leader of Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM), Abdel Wahid to join the peace talks.