Sudan’s defence minister, General Gamal al-Din Omar, has died of a heart attack during an official visit to South Sudan.
The incident took place in Juba while Omar was taking part in peace talks between his country’s transitional government and rebel groups.
Omar was a member of Sudan’s sovereign council, which took power last year under a deal between the country’s military and the pro-democracy movement.
According to the Sudanese army’s statement, Omar’s death was caused by a heart attack.
General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who heads the sovereign council, said he mourned the death of Omar “who died while struggling for the stability of Sudan” – a reference to talks with rebels to end Sudan’s years-long civil wars.