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Sudan's PM Hamdok flashes victory signs at Zamzam camp outside El Fasher on 4 Nov 2019 (Twitter Photo)
January 7, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok will travel to the SPLM-N al-Hilu stronghold, Kauda on Thursday, his office announced on Tuesday.

The first visit of a senior Sudanese official to the rebel key town in South Kordofan state comes as peace talks in Juba are stalled over a demand of the SPLM-N al-Hilu to discuss the issue of the secular state in the negotiations.

The media secretary at the office of the Prime Minister Albaraq al-Nazir al-Warraq said in a comment on his Facebook page on Tuesday confirmed the visit saying it should be seen as "a brilliant step towards achieving peace in the whole Sudan".

Sudan Tribune learnt that a group of journalists will arrive in Kauda on Wednesday ahead of the visit. Also, Hamdok will be accompanied by some officials.

Sudanese officials in Khartoum say they have no objection to the separation between the state and religion but the matter cannot be decided in peace negotiations with the armed group, pointing that it should be decided in the constitutional conference.

The government and the SPLM-N al-Hilu continue to hold a unilateral cessation of hostility as the government has allowed aid groups to reach civilians in the rebel-held areas.

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  • 8 January 13:50, by Fathi

    Excellent decision by al-Hilu. The people South Kordofan deserve to meet their PM and should be assured that Hamdok will work hard to bring peace there. PM Hamdok will also have an opportunity to see the damage & lack of investment there. Hopefully he will set up a plan to get them on their feet.

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    • 8 January 13:52, by Fathi

      I was starting to feel uneasy after al-Hilu said Hemedti was a man of peace but this gesture toward Hamdok is significant. I hope his remarks on Hemedti were just UAE sponsored bs.

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      • 8 January 13:56, by Fathi

        The cessation of hostilities should just be extended until the constitutional conference. The government and al-Hilu should move on to discuss issues such as representation in the gov, autonomy, security, financial resources allocated to the state, etc. Al-Hilu should make his argument for secularization in the constitutional conference. Gov will be mindful of the alternative when deciding on secu

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