(AFP) WASHINGTON — The US Sudan envoy left Friday for an African Union summit in Ethiopia ahead of a trip to Sudan and south Sudan, which voted for independence this month, the State Department said.
Major General Scott Gration was to accompany Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg to the Sudanese capital Khartoum and the southern regional capital Juba, it said in a statement.
Gration also planned to visit Port Sudan, to check on the implementation of a peace agreement in the country’s east, as well as the war-torn western Darfur region to discuss peace efforts there.
It will be his 25th trip to the country as special envoy.
In a peaceful referendum held earlier this month 99 percent of mostly Christian and animist south Sudan voted to secede from the Muslim-dominated north.
The vote was part of a 2005 peace agreement that ended more than two decades of civil war that killed more than two million people.