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Sudan’s FM starts regional tour over Kiir-Machar meeting


June 13, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Foreign Minister al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed will start a regional tour to three IGAD countries to brief its leaders on a recent initiative for peace in South Sudan by President Omer al-Bashir.

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First Vice-President Riek Machar (L) and President Salva Kiir (R) listen to the national anthem following a ceremony during which Machar was sworn in on April 26, 2016. (Phot AFP/Samir Bol)

The which includes Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda aims to brief Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali, President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Yoweri Museveni on a meeting between President Salva Kiir and his rival former First Vice President Riek Machar.

"SUNA learned that the tour aims to extend messages to the leaders of the three countries from President Omer al-Bashir on his initiative to achieve peace in South Sudan in the framework of the IGAD efforts," said the official news agency.

According to SUNA, al-Diridiri will meet Prime Minister Ahmed Ali on Thursday and fly to Mombasa to meet Kenyatta and conclude his tour by a meeting with President Museveni in Kampala on Friday evening.

On 31 May, the IGAD Council of Ministers recommended that a face-to-face meeting between President Kiir and SPLM-Io leader Machar should take place before July 1st.

On 5 June, Sudanese foreign minister announced upon his return from Juba that President Kiir accepted to meet Machar in Khartoum.

Bashir’s initiative to achieve peace in South Sudan within the framework of the IGAD efforts "aims to bring together the parties and urge them to dialogue, overcome differences and bitterness and achieve stability and development in South Sudan," said SUNA.

No date has been officially announced for the meeting but source close to the file in Khartoum said it would be held on 17 June.

The SPLM-IO on Wednesday 13, June 2018, announced said its leader Machar received an invitation by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to meet President Kiir.


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  • 14 June 2018 09:07, by Eastern

    Museveni quickly moved ahead of Omar Bashir to ask Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy to invite Machar and Kiir to Addis Ababa as Bashir wants to celebrate the Islamic Idd first. Even if the two principles go to Khartoum later, what would have been agreed in Addis takes the precedence. Museveni is a very cunning man..!

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    • 14 June 2018 10:16, by jubaone

      Interestingly, as Odinga was heading on to meet Riak in SA, M7 secretly met with the FD in Kampala. M7 is scared he may be left in the cold as Bashir rushed in to convene the face-to-face meeting. Of course both Kenya and Ethiopia were in picture and who knows, M7 must take positions should Riak get back as FVP.

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      • 14 June 2018 10:21, by Eastern


        The main reason Museveni invited Dr. Abiy to Kampala last week whereupon he awarded him one of the highest medal of honour, the Pearl of Africa Grand Master, was to get him in charge of what was rapidly slipping out of IGAD’s hold. Museveni hates the idea of Omar Bashir, the man with the turban, outshining him on regional politics....!

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        • 14 June 2018 10:25, by Eastern

          Being a young leader, Museveni feels he can direct him around. We have all seen this happened during the earlier years of Paul Kagame in Rwanda and Joseph Kabila in DR Congo. All the coercion by Museveni of this leaders ended disastrously...Dr. Abiy, an expert in Conflict Mediation should be in a position to navigate this murky water of regional dominance by Museveni...!

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        • 14 June 2018 10:25, by jubaone

          That is true. But given how the Kiirminal during his last visit to Khartoum was apologetic for the Separation of SS is mind boggling. Recall, the Kiirminal signed the "4 Freedoms" whereupon jellaba had all the rights to freely move and settle in SS, own and dispose of property, take citizenship etc.. So why did we fight in the first place?

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        • 14 June 2018 10:31, by jubaone

          Indeed, the Kiirminal has turned the SS into some of "maid" that is being courted left-and-right by Bashir or M7. Each of them has a strategic and economic interest. Today, Khartoum´s economy is in real bad shape due to the slump in oil prodn and sales while Uganda has practically lost the huge "market" in SS. Foolish Kiirminal has no defined "Foreign Policy" only acts instinctively.

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      • 14 June 2018 10:22, by jubaone

        If anything, future SS relations with M7 must clearly be defined. M7 has played the puppeteer for the Kiirminal and has dragged him like a donkey all along. Uganda is in a serious economic downturn and the trade balance with SS has literally dwindled. Only real peace and not the "jienge peace" will work. In any case, Equatorians must think out-of-the-box with Equatexit and do business with Kenya

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        • 14 June 2018 10:27, by Eastern

          Even after this much hyped Kiir-Machar meeting in Ethiopia, the war will certainly rage on. The Equatoria factor will remain unresolved. Paul Malong has already watered down the grand meet by asking Kiir to step down...

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          • 14 June 2018 10:36, by jubaone

            Fugitive Malong is a toothless bulldog. Asking the Kiirminal to step down is stupid. He MUST mobilize his nyors and luakjienges to go fight and dislodge the Kiirminal. But neither does he have the courage, logistics nor the strategic alliances. All jienges have run to Kakuma, Khartoum or idling in Juba, who will fight? Equatorians, Nuers and the rest have each their own shit to clean up

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            • 14 June 2018 11:45, by South South

              Two big cowards (Eastern and jubaone) are left alone to tell us lies. Eqautorians never organized themselves, never fought any war and never even stayed in South Sudan during our struggle. They are nothing, but cowards.

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              • 14 June 2018 15:06, by The Rhino

                South South,

                Your words truly reflect how inferior and an informed you are.You are soaked,drunk in delusion and desperation.Get a life!

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                • 14 June 2018 16:00, by jubaone

                  Dont waste time with South South a "juronit" a worthless jellaba compound guard who only saw Juba after 2012. He is trying to be a SS even after the Kiirminal disowned them in Abyei. Nowhere to go except idle in Equatoria. We already have concrete plans for such scum and scavengers. Dont worry! Just keep vigilant and NEVER let them close to you. They´re like a deadly virus, Keep off!

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                  • 14 June 2018 16:34, by The Rhino


                    Absolutely! Lojuronit South South ’dinga ngote tung,...lopiat lo ngote! Now, Equatorians must get things right this time.We must take our destiny into our own hands.The region is shifting and politics are changing.Behold!

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