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Sudanese rivals sign agreement to separate state from religion

The head of the Sudanese Sovereign Council, Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, Abdelaziz al-Hilu, signed the Declaration of Principles agreement, paving the way for peace in Sudan.
This picture taken on June 15, 2019, shows placards showing the victory gesture with the Arabic word "civilian" and others of the Sudanese flag with the word "peaceful" along a street in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.

CAIRO — On March 28, head of the Sudanese Sovereign Council Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) leader Abdelaziz al-Hilu signed the Declaration of Principles agreement in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, under the mediation of South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit, director of the World Food Program David Beasley and a number of Western observers.

Analysts described this agreement as a historical and powerful step on the road to stability in Sudan, turning the page of war forever and moving forward on the path to peace, particularly since the agreement included several provisions, most notably the separation of religion and state.

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