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S. Sudan’s FVP Taban Deng arrives in Khartoum for bilateral talks


South Sudan's FVP Gai received by his Sudanese counterpart Bakri Hassan Saleh at Khartoum Airport on 21 August 2016 (ST Photo)

August 21, 2016 (KHARTOUM/JUBA) - South Sudan’s First Vice-President Taban Deng Gai has arrived in Khartoum on Sunday holding a special message from President Salva Kiir Mayardit to his Sudanese counterpart, Omer al-Bashir.

Gai’s first visit to Sudan comes just weeks after he replaced former rebel leader Riek Machar as vice president after clashes in Juba left hundreds dead in July.
He was received at Khartoum airport by Sudan’s First Vice-President Bakri Hassan Salih and a number of cabinet ministers.

According to the minister in South Sudan’s office of the President, Mayiik Ayii, Gai is going to Sudan with a message of commitment of the government and personal commitment of President Salva Kiir “to establishing a very robust and productive relationship in the fields of diplomacy, economic trade and political ties between the two countries in pursuit of mutual interest”.

Ayii said other objective of the mission is to assure the Khartoum of the commitment of the government to implementing peace agreement and move forward.

For his part, Sudan’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal al-Din Ismail said in press statements at Khartoum airport following the arrival of Gai, that the latter would discuss several bilateral and regional issues of common concern particularly with regard to the economic and security files besides the crisis in South Sudan.

He renewed Sudan’s firm stance toward IGAD’s resolutions to resolve South Sudan’s crisis through negotiations and dialogue.

“We receive Taban in his capacity as Vice-President of South Sudan and would cooperate with him,” he said.

“We aren’t the party who decides who should be the President or Vice-President of South [Sudan] because this is an internal affair that must be decided by the South. Our general stance is to deal with the events as they are and take into consideration that the government of the South is a legitimate one,” he added.

Responding to a question on the escape of Riek Machar to a neighboring country, Ismail said “it is clear that Machar was evacuated by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in cooperation with the United Nations”.

The Kenyan Standard news website on Thursday reported that the Sudanese government had sent an aircraft to evacuate the former first vice president from a hideout in a remote town in the DRC where he crossed into after 40 days in the bushes.

However, an SPLM-IO official told Sudan Tribune that the report published by the Kenyan website was “unfounded.”

“Khartoum was not involved in the rescue operation, there was no any Sudanese airplane used as reported,” he said.

Gai’s visit to Sudanese capital, Khartoum, is the third official visit to neigbouring countries in his capacity as the First Vice President in place of armed opposition leader, Riek Machar.

South Sudan seceded from Sudan on July 9th 2011 following a referendum on whether the semi-autonomous region should remain a part of the country or become independent. 99% of the southern voters chose independence.

Relations between the two nations soured after South Sudan’s independence following a series of disputes over a number of issues.


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  • 21 August 2016 21:27, by Mr Point

    What has Gai brought for the Abyei Dinka?

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    • 22 August 2016 04:43, by Akol Liai Mager

      For your information Mr No-Point at all, FVP Taban Deng Gai has mine and the Nation’s full support and sooner, he will gain full supports from all players including IGAD, AU and TROIKA and that’s why he is touring the IGAD’ Nations to explain his Peaceful home-grown Implementation of IGAD/TROIKA imposed CPA2. You can refuse to accept him, but you are unable to refuse to live with him as your FVP.

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      • 22 August 2016 08:49, by Mr Point

        Kiir’s puppet has no principles, no support and therefore no future. Why would IGAD and Troika accept an illegitimate FVP after the violence Kiir used to destroy CPA2? Peace under a crazed incompetent dictator is not peace at all

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    • 22 August 2016 10:35, by Khent
      • 22 August 2016 11:00, by Khent

        Mr Point

        I only just realised that you’ve already addressed my posts. Thank you.

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      • 22 August 2016 14:17, by Dengda

        @Khent, I got your link, thank for wise answer and not abusing me as many do. Your reaffirmation is well note. I would encourage you to keep good work fairness, I guess you are Dinka as I do. We won’t allow our name to misuse and abuse at our time for sake of few individuals, Kiir deserved presidency not because he is competency but through his devotion to the movement at earlier 1960th.

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        • 22 August 2016 14:35, by Dengda

          The question is, does he run country at right course as expected of him? No he is not, does his leadership being hijacked and he is ruling as puppet? yes he does. By the way it hard to fought against stupid majority! But does this war of mentality worth fighting? Yes, it does.

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  • 22 August 2016 04:35, by Akol Liai Mager

    Only negative forces would not see how remarkable is his Ex Taban Deng Gai who really, really deserves to be President of this nation. Abyei Settlement has been delayed for the forces of self-interests led by Riek Machar and Taban would make no mistake in resuscitating Abyei issue toward final settlement.

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  • 22 August 2016 05:45, by Force 1

    There you have it; the first vice president; Taban Deng Gai; the real leader for peace in South Sudan. You guys now need to forget about Riek Machar; he is now the history that you would be telling your children and grand children.

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  • 22 August 2016 08:32, by Dengda

    Mr travel week after week, can you calculate how much dollars he already wasted! while we are desperately looking for dollars to import food.

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