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South Sudan president Kiir departs for Ethiopia ahead of peace talks

President Salva Kiir left the capital on Wednesday and headed to Ethiopia ahead of a planned meeting with his rival and rebel leader Riek Machar.


Reuters Ethiopia
Updated: 20-06-2018 16:22 IST
South Sudan president Kiir departs for Ethiopia ahead of peace talks

"IGAD has decided to call face-to-face dialogue between our president and Riek Machar on outstanding issues," Awut Deng, a senior member of Kiir's delegation, said. (Image Credit: Twitter)

South Sudan President Salva Kiir left the capital on Wednesday and headed to Ethiopia ahead of a planned meeting with his rival and rebel leader Riek Machar ahead of planned talks to try to negotiate an end to a five-year-old civil war, an official said.

"IGAD has decided to call face-to-face dialogue between our president and Riek Machar on outstanding issues," Awut Deng, a senior member of Kiir's delegation, said before departing, referring to the regional East African bloc. "So we expect the face-to-face meeting between our president and Riek Machar will be today as scheduled by IGAD."

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