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South Sudan’s rebel leader meets Djibouti president


July 13, 2014 (DJIBOUTI) – South Sudanese former vice-president, turned leader of the SPLM-In-Opoosition, Riek Machar, on Sunday met the Djiboutian president, Ismail Omar Guelleh, at the State Palace in Djibouti, in which the two leaders discussed a “wide-range” of issues, said the rebel leader’s spokesman.

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South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar, Riek Machar meets president of Djibouti, Ismail Omar Guelleh, at the State Palace, Djibouti, July 13, 2014 (ST)

His spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, said Machar was warmly received and met president of Djibouti on Sunday.

“Chairman of SPLM and Commander-in-Chief of SPLA [in opposition], Dr. Riek Machar Teny, and the Djiboutian president, HE Ismail Omar Guelleh, today met at the State Palace in Djibouti. The two leaders discussed a wide-range of issues on progress made and challenges faced in the ongoing IGAD-mediated peace process in Addis Ababa,” Dak told Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

He said the visiting leader briefed the president of Djibouti, an IGAD member country, on the situation in South Sudan and the need to support the peace process.

The rebel spokesperson added that the two leaders also emphasized on the importance of ending the war and promoting economic ties between the two countries.

“The meeting also emphasized on the importance of reaching a political solution to the crisis in South Sudan so that the two countries can promote economic ties in a peaceful environment,” Dak added.

He said South Sudan has a plan to build a pipeline to Djibouti via Ethiopia and use its river port for exports of the crude oil from Upper Nile state, among others.

Dak further added that the landlocked South Sudan had huge oil reserves and therefore plans to build additional pipelines to Kenya and Djibouti, in addition to one through port Sudan, and use their river ports and facilities for exports of crude oil as well as other imports and exports.

“South Sudan sits on promising huge oil reserves,” he said, adding that the need for “additional pipelines is further dictated by geographical locations of such oil deposits in the country.”

The interaction with the leadership in the state of Djibouti was fruitful, he said.

He further revealed that the host country’s leadership provided his boss with the opportunity to tour the Djibouti river port and its facilities including acquainting himself with the telecommunications and fiber optic systems in the country.

The visit to the regional country is the fourth of its kind by the rebel leader since the crisis erupted on 15 December, pitting his armed movement against president Salva Kiir’s led government.

In the diplomatic offensive, Machar last month visited Kenya and South Africa where he also met president Uhuru Kenyatta and president Jacob Zuma, respectively, which the rebel group described as “successful and fruitful” interactions.


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  • 13 July 2014 12:48, by wang

    A True leader is always touches all the main important issues which a country needs….Dr. Riek, you have had shown the world about how a brilliant leader you are and lovely carrying about your citizens….

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    • 14 July 2014 08:09, by Freedom Fighter

      Riek Machar lost my respect and respect of many in South Sudan and around the world for his bloodiest rebellion in the two years old young nation. I’m also struggling to understand his relations with the most fearful-terrorist group the White Army. Riek Machar is no good leader and can’t speak for all South Sudanese other than his barbaric White Army.

      Freedom Fighter

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      • 14 July 2014 09:32, by Mi diit

        Freedom fighter?

        If you were truly a freedom fighter as you claim you would know that Dr. Riek Machar is fighting for your freedom from that visionless dictator Kiir Kuethpiny. Dr. Machar is respected world wide as a highly educated knowledgeable viosionary leader unlike that primitive, alcoholic village chief, Kiir, with only a hat on his head. The world understand why Dr. Machar is fighting him

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        • 14 July 2014 09:35, by Mi diit

          This is why regional leaders invite him to their palaces which is a clear indication that they don’t want Kiir any more. But because visionless Kiir and his blood sucking followers do not have the capacity to analyze the situation they don’t get the humiliation and the message against them. Shame!

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    • 14 July 2014 10:13, by Mapuor

      Don’t mistake notoriety for brilliance.Mr traitor is suffering from narcissistic personality Disorder(NPD) and you should stop supporting him.What else do you still want?You reduced Bentiu,Bor,Malakal,Leer,Rubkona,Ayod Wulang and Nasir to rubble.Is that your version of democracy.Is the price paid by Lou and Jikeny youth justifiable?Federal system will surely deprive them of oil money.

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      • 14 July 2014 10:20, by Mapuor

        Of course, there is no oil in Lou and Jikeny and federal system will only benefit oil producing states and they are:1.Western Nuer state;Padang state;Warrap state which will include Pariang,Abiem Nhom and Abyei.Exploration of oil would continue only in greater Bor state.Lakes state and Northern Bhar El Gazal and those three state potentially have enough oil to sustain their economies.

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        • 14 July 2014 13:12, by Mi diit


          You are truly born to lie and distort. Is that the best you can do in life?

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    • 14 July 2014 22:01, by Peacocktail

      Mi diit,

      The Education of Riek Machar had kills Nuer leaving his family and Nuer Bul intact. LOu and Jikeny, Gawar and Gajaa, suffer tremendously for no reasons, they didn’t vote for Riek Machar constituency nor did Riek built a Clinic to treats Worms in those lands. Such education are poisonous and breed failures and anarchy. Riek had ruined Upper Nile and shall held on his toes to account for

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  • 13 July 2014 15:02, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear All:
    “Great leaders are most wanted. They are most wanted for what they do with their gifts and talents. Their dreams are so unique in such a way that their presence becomes a source of hope and courage for others to thread on along. Dr Riak go on we believed in you, a great man is seen on his movement which lead the country to the reallity to reach the bright future.

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