Sept 15, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan’s former Vice President and the designated First Vice President of the upcoming Transitional Government of National Unity, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, has led a high-level delegation to Khartoum, Sudan, this evening.
“Comrade Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of SPLM/SPLA, Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, has left for the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on Tuesday evening.” Said James Gatdet Dak, the Press Secretary of SPLM/SPLA Chairman.
According to James Gatdet, Dr. Machar leads a high-level delegation of 20 members to meet the Sudanese President, Omar Hassan el Bashir.
“He will meet with President Omer Hassan Al Bashir.” Dak said.
The chairman of the armed Opposition is also expected to meet with the Ugandan President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
According to Dr. Machar’s office, the three leaders will discuss issues pertaining to the implementation of the Peace Agreement in South Sudan and promotion of mutual relations between their parties.
The high-level meeting between the tough rivals was reportedly initiated and coordinated by the Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, who has made several attempts in the past to meet Dr. Machar.
Despite that Museveni has battalions of troops fighting along Salva Kiir forces in South Sudan conflict, the Ugandan president was among the first regional leaders to invite Dr. Machar to his capital in May 2014.
After Machar declined to meet President Museveni, Ugandan officials threatened to isolate Dr. Riek Machar and SPLM/SPLA[IO] in the region unless the chairman heeds to their call.
In return, the Ugandan president refused to meet a high-level delegation led by Machar’s deputy, Lt. Gen Alfred Lado in June that year.
The two sides, however, have normalized their relations.
Notwithstanding that the rebel movement has set up a head office in Kampala, SPLM/SPLA [IO] leaders have met President Museveni at least three times in the last one year.
After Khartoum, Machar is expected to lead a similar delegation to New York to attend a high-level meeting on South Sudan at the sideline of UN General Assembly on 29th this month.
The South Sudanese president, Mr. Salva Kiir, will miss the two meetings which are intended to boost the implementation of peace agreement in the war-torn nation.
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