Sudan peace accord signed, state media reports

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(CNN) — Sudan on Tuesday signed a framework peace accord with rebels from the nation’s volatile Darfur region, state media reported.

The framework agreement is considered the first step towards the achievement of a lasting peace accord in Darfur.

The signing of the cease-fire agreement with the rebel Justice and Equality Movement coincided with a four-way summit in Doha, Qatar, the state-run SUNA news agency said.

Participants at the summit include the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani; Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir; the president of Chad, Idris Deby; and Eritrean President Assais Afwerki, SUNA reported.

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