June 26th, 2018(Nyamilepedia) —– Joining President Bashir for a face-to-face meeting between the South Sudanese Principles in Khartoum,Sudan, the Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, congratulates South Sudan’s Former Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, for his efforts to restore peace in his country.
Machar made multiple trips between Addis Ababa, Johannesburg, Addis Aababa and Khartoum within less than 24 hours to ensure that he arrives ahead of the scheduled face-to-face meeting with his rival, Salva Kiir, the incumbent.
In a brief statement seen by the Nyamilepedia on his Social Media Page, President Museveni said:
“I also salute Dr Machar for honouring this peace-making mission for the benefit of all people in his country and His Excellency Salva Kiir for being present too.” Yoweri Museveni states on his Twitter Page.
Museveni, an invited guest with profound influence in South Sudan politics, pledged that he will ensure that the young nation is back on track.
“I pledge full support and solidarity to ensure that South Sudan is back on the track of economic and social development. I thank His Excellency Omar el-Bashir for his concern over the political instability in South Sudan and for calling this meeting.” Museveni promises.
The Ugandan president appeals to key political players in South Sudan to have constructive deliberations as they negotiate for peace, unity and concretize the ground for the development of their country.
“I used to see South Sudan developing but later it went into a standstill because of disunity. Today, we have had discussions on matters of peace in South Sudan and we have a good starting point to restore political normalcy.” he further said.
He said the handshake gesture between President Salva Kiir and the opposition leader, Machar, would usher in peace in the country.
This political development comes after the first round of face-to-face peace talks collapsed last week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
South Sudan former Vice President Dr. Machar was flown to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa at the invitation of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to attend face-to-face peace talks with president Kiir, the closed-door meeting between the two leaders ended in failure, with no consensus being reached.
Government spokesperson issued a statement that threw cold water on the peace efforts, saying his Government had enough of the opposition leader, a comment described as reckless by SPLM-IO Head of National Committee for Public Relations, Mabior Garang.
The world’s youngest nation descended into civil war in late 2013, and the conflict has created one of the fastest growing refugee crises in the world.
The ongoing shuttle diplomacy and face-to-face meetings between the leaders are the last hopes for millions of South Sudanese to see peace restored in their country.
The two leaders are expected to continue their face-to-face talks in Nairobi, Kenya, to further bridge their differences before heading off to Nouakchott, Mauritania, to continue their talks on the sideline of the African Union Summit.