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Kenyan president urges Kiir, Machar to show tolerance and political will to end war

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Dr/. Riek Machar (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)
South Sudan President, Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Dr/. Riek Machar (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

July 2nd 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, has urged his South Sudanese counterpart, Salva Kiir Mayardiit, and opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar to exercise tolerance and show political will in ending the bloody civil war.

He was speaking during a press conference held at the State House in Nairobi on Monday following a meeting with President Salva Kiir in which the two heads of states discussed bilateral ties and the unfolding tribal dispute over the Ilema Triangle.

He urged the South Sudan political foes to put aside their political differences and work hard to deliver the badly needed unity between the people of South Sudan so that they achieve peace and security.

“South Sudan, in this moment, can crystallize the optimism and hope that all nations of the world had for it when your nation gained independence on 9th July 2011,” Kenyatta said.

“The leadership of South Sudan, across the entire spectrum, have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to forge for lasting peace that provides the internal stability and enabling environment for your country’s take-off, both economically and socially,” he told the visiting South Sudanese leader.

Kenyatta further said commitment by the parties – represented by Kiir, Machar and other opposition leaders – to the agreement will allow South Sudan to shed off the yoke of needless conflict and internal disunity that has limited the Horn of Africa country’s achievement of its full potential.

“I, therefore, urge all parties to the process to exercise tolerance and political goodwill, so as to move the country forward,” he said.

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