South Sudan President Kiir, rival Machar to meet in Ethiopia


South Sudan President Kiir, rival Machar to meet in Ethiopia
South Sudan President Salva Kiir and first Vice President Riek Machar

In Summary

  • Machar has been under house arrest in South Africa since late 2016.
  •   Last week, Kenya’s Opposition leader Raila Odinga visited him in a bid to further the peace talks.
  •   Foreign ministers from the East African bloc IGAD are also expected to discuss the South Sudan situation on Thursday.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir will meet his archrival Riek Machar in Addis Ababa on Wednesday.

This is part of talks to negotiate an end to the five-year civil war that has ravaged the world’s youngest nation, Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry said.

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“The meeting on South Sudan tomorrow will be held under the auspices of (Ethiopian) Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed with the aim of bridging gaps between President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar,” a statement said.

The ethnically-charged conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and repeatedly brought large parts of its population to the brink of famine.

A series of ceasefires and pacts in the recent past have also failed.

Fighting first erupted between troops loyal to Kiir and Machar, the then vice president, in December 2013, just two years after South Sudan’s independence from Sudan.

Machar has been under house arrest in South Africa since late 2016.

Last week, Kenya’s Opposition leader Raila Odinga visited him in a bid to further the peace talks.

Foreign ministers from the East African bloc IGAD are also expected to discuss the South Sudan situation on Thursday.

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