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South Sudan Peace Talks ‘To Be Held In Ethiopia’

South Sudan’s rebel leader has agreed to meet with the country’s president in Ethiopia next week.

A spokesman for Riek Machar, who is under house arrest in South Africa, confirmed he had accepted Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s invite to Addis Ababa on 20 June.

The statement, which was emailed to news agency Reuters, added the meeting would “go a long way in building confidence in the peace process”.

If it goes ahead as planned, it will be the first time former vice-president and President Salva Kiir have met since the last peace deal fell apart in August 2016.

According to another statement, the talks will be led by East African bloc IGAD.

South Sudan’s government is yet to comment on the decision.


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