Kiir to travel to Khartoum tomorrow for second face-to-face meeting with Machar

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardiit (File photo)

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardiit (File photo)

June 24th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan’s incumbent Salva Kiir Mayardiit will, on Monday afternoon, travel to the Sudanese capital Khartoum for talks with South Sudan’s prominent opposition and SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon in an efforts recommended by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to restore peace in the young African nation marred in a bloody civil war since December 2013, sources told the Nyamilepedia this evening from Juba.

Machar, for his part, arrived in the Sudanese capital this evening after having returned to South Africa on Saturday night from Addis Ababa where he held unsuccessful talks with Kiir on Wednesday upon invitation of the Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed.

“Yes President Kiir will travel on Monday afternoon to the Sudanese capital Khartoum after receiving invitation from his Sudanese counterparts, President Bashir, to meet Dr. Riek who have been confirmed to have arrived to the Sudanese capital,” government official told the Nyamilepedia on the cover of anonymity on Sunday evening.

The meeting between the two South Sudanese leaders will be the second of its kind since 2016 when deadly clashes broke out at the Presidential Palace J1 in Juba between guards loyal to each.

Salva Kiir, in a UN report released in September 2016, was blamed by the international community for sparking the violence which displaced Machar to Congo. His former army chief who is currently a rebel leader was also blamed by the UN report which said the violence in July 2016 was orchestrated by the highest authority of the state and the army.