ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) on Sunday welcomed the outcome of the two-day meeting between Presidents Omar Hassan Al-Bashir of Sudan and Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan, which was concluded on Saturday in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia.
The two presidents held the summit on Jan. 4 and 5 under the auspices of the Chairperson of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia, and the Chairperson of the AU High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) on Sudan and South Sudan, former President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa.
Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairperson of the AU Commission, said the significance and importance of the steps agreed to during the summit with respect to Abyei, the implementation of the landmark agreements of Sept. 27, 2012 and the borders, in the context of the efforts aimed at promoting confidence between the two countries and the broader vision of two viable States at peace with one another and working together on issues of common interest.
Zuma said she is confident that the presidents will persevere in their efforts and continue to demonstrate the statesmanship and spirit of mutual cooperation that the situation so requires, in the interest of their two peoples and countries, the region and Africa as a whole.
AU announced in a statement that the Chairperson has also commended Prime Minister Hailemariam and former President Mbeki for their relentless efforts and outstanding commitment in discharging their mandate.
She reaffirmed AU's determination to continue assisting Sudan and South Sudan in whatever way possible in overcoming the challenges confronting them and in building brotherly and good- neighborly relations between their peoples and countries.