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Ethiopia’s Abiy welcomes al-Bashir efforts for peace in South Sudan


June 14, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed praised the efforts of President Omer al-Bashir to bring peace in South Sudan in support of the IGAD mediation, said the Sudanese foreign ministry on Thursday.

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Sudan’s President Omer al-Bshir delivers a speech following his re-election for another five-year term, on April 27, 2015, in Khartoum (Photo AFP/Ashraf Shazly)

Abiy received the Sudanese Foreign Minister al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed who briefed him about al-Bashir’s initiative to convene a face-to-face meeting between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar

"The minister stressed that the initiative comes within the framework of supporting the role of IGAD to achieve peace and stability in South Sudan," said a statement extended to by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Garib Allah al-Khidir.

Al-Khidir said Abiy who is also the chair of the IGAD body welcomed the initiative, pointing out to the importance of joint work and coordination among the region’s leaders to achieve security and stability in South Sudan.

"The Ethiopian Prime Minister welcomed the efforts of the President of the Republic to bring together President Silva Kiir and Dr Riek Machar and affirmed his support for all efforts that could achieve (peace in South Sudan)," said the statement.

On Wednesday the SPLM-IO led by Riek Machar said its leader received an invitation from the Ethiopian premier to meet President Salva Kiir in Addis Ababa on 20 June.

The Sudanese foreign minister will meet the Kenyan president Friday morning to brief him about the Sudanese initiative. Also, he will hold a similar meeting with Ugandan president on Friday evening.

The regional tour of the Sudanese top diplomat is seen as an indication that al-Bashir intends to be more involved in the resolution of the South Sudanese conflict after being reticent during the past four years.

In a meeting on 31 May, the IGAD Council of Ministers decided to convene a meeting before the first July between the two South Sudanese leaders in a bid to narrow the gaps between them on the governance and security arrangements.

The two rival leaders will meet with the IGAD leaders on the sidelines of an African Union summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania on 1 and 2 July.


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  • 15 June 05:20, by Khent

    Great, now even Bashir *looks* more reasonable than Salva Kiir. This is beyond embarrassing. I can’t imagine how that witless dog -Salva- sleeps at night in light of his abject failure.

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    • 15 June 05:28, by lino

      Very embarrassing!!! Other day I heard that Bashir names another refugee camp for Southerners “ We are sorry 😐Bashir- Ma alish Ya Basir”!!!
      Who knows that will happened? But expectations always their about Junubein!!!

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      • 15 June 10:18, by jubaone

        Bashir has his own troubles with opposition forces SPLA-N, SLM etc. and no peace prospects any time soon. Bashir now wants to mediate between Riak and Kiirminal? That’s suspicious. Uganda, Sudan, SS are all a bunch of dictatorships. What is the outcome of this hyped meeting? Nothing.

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        • 15 June 11:09, by South South


          Peace is good to come from everywhere, Be Sudan, Be Uganda, Be devil or anything else is still good to bring peace. We are not a little children to be taking in easily by Bashir. The problems of South Sudan are not from the sky, they are inside South Sudan. When our fake PhD holder (Riak and Lam Akol) use Khartoum to destroy South Sudan.

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  • 15 June 06:20, by Nairobimitot

    Riek Machar is coming back as a Secretary Of State. That is his new position in Juba here.

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    • 15 June 06:32, by Games

      Hahahahaha, what is secretary of State means in South Sudan? Machar is still VP and those illegally occupied his position, would leave it peaceful.

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      • 15 June 11:01, by South South

        For Riak to get second position as vice president under Kiir Mayardit has not been accepted yet by our government. Everything is in our hands and we will decide after meeting him. Why do Riak wants to be a second man in our country? I thought he refused that long time ago because he wants to be number one person. Anyway, I support peace in South Sudan. Be a second or third or fourth will be decide

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        • 15 June 12:23, by Eastern

          Kiir miserably lost the opportunity on July 8, 2016 to reign supreme. Now the conflict has taken a different dimension. The much hyped Kiir-Machar meeting will change little if anything. The meeting is seen more of Dinka-Nuer come-together, a Wunlit 1999 type inter-tribe pacification. The rest of the South Sudanese would be left out fighting for their survival....

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          • 15 June 12:57, by South South

            Riak is wicked, even when he comes back, we will be watching him. Other tribes in South Sudan are equal to Dinka and Nuer, they should also be heard and their grievances should be considered seriously, but any wicked tribe or a person who will hold guns and think he/she will impose his/her ideas on us will be crushed, no game there.

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            • 15 June 13:08, by Eastern

              South Sudan,

              Stop the MIXED MESSAGES....The dinka and the nuer weiw need to UNDERSTAND that there are OTHER South Sudanese stakeholders to the land called South Sudan...! The Fertit, the Chollo and the Equatorians HAVE SERIOUS grievances. The dinkas CANNOT and MUST NOT be allowed to IMPOSE their IDEAS/VALUES on others.....!

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              • 15 June 13:45, by South South


                What you are telling me here is that you want to change South Sudan to be ruled with your ideas even you are minority, that’s is not going to work. What Fertit, the Chollo and some Equatorians (not all Equatorinas) need are schools, hospitals, roads and security in their land. If you insist that Dinkas MUST be forced to do want is not just, then we are destroying our country.

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  • 15 June 16:15, by Lenin Bull

    Omar Bashir can only deceive the brainless nincompoops in South Sudan and beyond but not the real SPLA freedom fighters like us who know him in and out. Bashir knows that his projects of creating and supporting rebels in South Sudan has utterly failed. His only last hope of destroying South Sudan was based on SPLA-IO which has been defeated badly. He is now trying to save face.Fox!

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    • 15 June 23:36, by ThaGoblin

      If Bashir was behind all of this chaos in south sudan to destroy it he’s achieved his goal. South sudan ’s development has been pushed back for almost 20 years.

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  • 15 June 16:20, by Lenin Bull

    Bashir has SPLA-IO and Agwelek training bases in Sudan specially in Abujabia, Kuek, Maganis, Kiir Adem/mile 14, Ufur Nias, and Kafia Kingi and accommodations for families in Khartoum. President Salva Kiir Mayardit knows that very well and will approach that sham Bashir facilitation and mediation with care.

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    • 15 June 20:17, by jubaone

      Lenin Fool
      Between 2011-2012 most Darfuri rebels could be seen idling around the hotels along the Nile. If you went to Mango Camp close to Ambassador Hotel, you could see scores of SLM cadres. This was corroborated with our own friends in the security. The govt of SS accommodated, armed and logistically supported also SPLA-N. You could see them in SPLA uniforms. So just shut up!

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