IGAD envoy, Japanese foreign minister discusses South Sudan peace implementation

Japanese Foreign Minister, Taro Kono, meeting IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday, May 5th 2019 (Credit: IGAD)

May 5th 2019 (Nyamilepedia)  –  The IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, Amb. Ismail Wais on Sunday met the Japanese foreign minister in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa over the implementation of the country’s fragile peace agreement.

The top Japanese diplomat on Saturday arrived in the South Sudanese capital Juba where he met President Salva Kiir Mayardiit and delivered to him an invitation from the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, asking him to attend an Afro-Japanese summit due for August this year in Tokyo.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the office of the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan said the meeting between the two leaders discussed the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement signed  in September last year.

“The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, H.E. Taro Kono paid a courtesy call on IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, Ambassador Ismail Wais, in Addis Ababa during which time they discussed the progress of the implementation of the peace process of South Sudan,” the statement seen by the Nyamilepedia partly read.

“The Foreign Minister of Japan emphasized the continued commitment of the government of Japan to the South Sudan peace process,” the statement added, saying the Japanese diplomat “welcomed the extension of the pre-transitional period for an additional six months and hoped that the new extension will facilitate the completion of the pending critical tasks.”

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