Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir vowed on Monday to step down by the end of his presidential term in 2020.
“Our pledge with you is to hand Sudan over to you by 2020, after achieving peace in the Darfur region and the regions of the Blue Nile and South Kordofan,” said Bashir while addressing the 7th session of the National Union of Sudanese Youth in Khartoum Monday.
Bashir went on to announce the start of the implementation of a package of development and service projects in the five states of the Darfur region.
“The next phase will see the evacuation of displaced persons camps, reconstruction of their hometowns and the provision of basic services for them,” he said.
The president also vowed that he would use force against rebel movements if they rejected peace.
During his speech with the youths, Bashir said that the immigration of Sudanese people was not caused by the isolation of Sudan, but because the foreign labor market is interested in Sudanese youths who have high potential.
Bashir held talks on Monday with visiting Mauritania President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.
Sudan and Mauritania agreed on a timeline to implement 35 agreements signed since 2007. They also agreed on joint coordination in regional and international issues.
The Mauritanian president had arrived in Khartoum on a two-day official visit after participating in the inauguration of the World Youth Forum in Sharm al-Sheikh in Egypt.