South Sudan’s rivals meet in Khartoum, Sudan for a peace deal, left South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, and major opposition leader Riek Machar.

LONDON – As South Sudan’s unending conflict drags on, its major trading and development partner, China has urged the leaders and warlords in the war-ravaged nation to implement a peace deal with immediate effect.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Monday that the leaders and warlords in South Sudan must resume peace and stability in the country at an early date.

A peace deal that put in place a power-sharing and security arrangements was signed on Sunday in the Sudanese capital Khartoum by South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, major opposition leader Riek Machar, and representatives of other opposition factions.

Hua Chunying, the spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry said China welcomed and appreciated the peace deal, which marked an important step towards peace in South Sudan.

“We call on South Sudan’s conflicting parties to implement the peace deal and restore peace and stability at an early date,” Hua said.

The Chinese government’s spokesman added that China will provide support and assistance to the peace process in South Sudan.