The Central African Republic (CAR) and 14 armed groups on Saturday reached a peace agreement during talks in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, the UN announced.

"Central African @GouvCF and 14 armed groups reached an agreement at Kharthoum peace talks – The meeting started on 24 January with @AU_Chergui facilitation and @UN support," United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) said on Twitter.

After the peace deal was concluded, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, tweeted: "Let us mobilize to support the implementation of the peace agreement."

The CAR has been wracked by violence since Seleka rebels ousted then President Francois Bozize in 2013.

Fierce fighting has continued between the Muslim Seleka and Christian anti-Balaka rebels, forcing nearly half the country's population to depend on humanitarian assistance, according to the UN.