South Sudan’s Kiir In South Africa For Revitalized Peace Talks, Bilateral Ties

By Deng Machol

It is the first foreign trip for President Kiir in over a year

Juba – South Sudan President Salva Kiir arrived in South Africa for bilateral relations amid a stagnant of peace process in the restive country.

President left the Juba for Pretoria on Thursday’s afternoon. 

This is his first (president) foreign trip in over 12 months.

Kiir was seen off at Juba International Airport by First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar and other senior government officials.

Kiir’s state – visit comes a day he received his first dose of Oxford – AstraZeneca vaccine as a protection against Covid 19 virus.

President Kiir’s office said the President is on a working state visit for 3 days to discuss about the revitalized peace agreement. 

Kiir is expected to meet South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa to hold bilateral meetings on issues that will strengthen and deepen the bilateral relations between the two Countries and to discuss issues of mutual interest that includes the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.

South Sudan has just emerge from a six year conflict that killed nearly 400,000 people and uprooted four million people from their homes.

However, the 2018 peace process remains fragile, despite the parties having registered some positive progress since the formation of the peace government of in earlier last year. 

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