President Salva Kiir Shaking hand with the Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed on Tuesday at the State House (Photo: Presidential Press Unit)
By Morris Dogga
President Salva Kiir has accepted to meet his former deputy Dr. Riek Machar Teny in Khartoum, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro said yesterday.
This was revealed after a delegation from Sudan led by the Sudanese Foreign Affairs Minister Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed met with President Kiir at the State House yesterday.
The delegation presented to President Kiir the initiative from President Omar Hassan Al Bashir for the Joint Meeting between Kiir and Dr. Machar in Khartoum as key partners to restoring peace and stability in the country.
Dr. Elia told the press that the initiative was greatly welcomed by President Kiir.
“The President has warmly received the invitation and the initiative. He has agreed that this be taken forward,” Dr. Elia said.
Sudanese foreign Affairs Minister Al- Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed said Khartoum was initiating the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) initiative for the two leaders to meet before the African Union Heads of States summit early next month.
Ahmed said the proposed face-to-face meeting between the two leaders on the current volatile political situation was vital to ending the conflict.
Last week the IGAD set a deadline for Kiir and Machar to meet face-to-face, an attempt meant to bring the two leaders to an agreement.
According to the IGAD communique issued on Thursday last week following the Council of Ministers Meeting, the two leaders were expected to meet before the first week of July.
Both Sudan and South Sudan did not specify the time frame for the two leaders to meet.