PM Abiy Ahmed in Juba, South Sudan, for Mediation Talks

By Staff Reporter

Abiy-Ahmed-JubaOctober 14, 2019 ( -- Leading an Ethiopian delegation, Prime Minister of Ethiopia Dr. Abiy Ahmed has arrived in Juba, South Sudan, for an official visit and for mediation talks between Sudan warring factions.

Upon his arrival, the Prime Minster was welcomed by South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mardith at Juba International Airport.

Dr.Abiy’s visit to Juba is aimed at taking part in the IGAD leaders consultative meeting being held in South Sudan.

During his stay in Juba, Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed is expected to play vital role at reconciling the Sudanese Transitional Government and the Sudanese Armed Groups.

Besides the delegation from Ethiopia, the Chairman of the ruling Sudanese Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Al Burhan, Ugandan President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, and a representative of the Egyptian government also jetted to the capital of South Sudan for the same mission.

The consultative meeting aims at reconciling the warring factions in Sudan. It comes after President Salva Kiir first offered to host talks between his government and the armed opposition groups in November last year after former Sudanese counterpart, Omar al-Bashir’s successful mediation of the South Sudan peace talks in Khartoum on September 12,2018.

According to the south Sudanese Ambassador to Ethiopia, AU and UNECA, Mr. James Pitia Morgan, President Kiir wants to help end the civil war in Blue Nile and Darfur regions. According to the Ambassador, the aim of the talks is to bring all armed movements and the new Sudanese government to Juba to negotiate and end the civil war in Blue Nile and Darfur regions.

In this regard Ambassador James Morgan has expressed his pleasure on the recent collaborative actions taken by the members of The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

“Positive progress has been observed in the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan and, currently, the member states are doing their best to bring stability to Sudan, and this is encouraging,” Ambassador James Morgan said.

“The face-to-face meeting between armed movements in Sudan and the new government resulted in a way forward on pending security arrangements issues, is a significant step in the right direction.”

“We call on the International Community and friends of Sudan to support the positive momentum and expedite their support for the completion of the remaining critical tasks,” the Ambassador further added.

Ambassador Morgan also mentioned about the important role Ethiopia is playing in the reconciliation process in Sudan chairing The Intergovernmental Authority on Development.

IGAD’s secretariat on its part called on all groups to come in from the cold and join in nation-building and constructive solutions. The secretariat also reiterated its commitment and support to the reconciliation process in Sudan.

It is also reported that the presidents of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, and the president of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, are not attending the consultative meeting due to their busy schedules in their respective countries.

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