Museveni appeals to warring factions in South Sudan to embrace peace

Nile Post News

President Museveni on Monday joined regional leaders at the Freedom Hall in Khartoum, Sudan for the IGAD summit on facilitating the peace process in South Sudan.

He appealed to key political players in South Sudan to have constructive deliberations as they negotiate for peace, unity and concretise the ground for the development of their country.

“I used to see South Sudan developing but later it went into a standstill because of disunity. Today, we have had discussions on matters of peace in South Sudan and we have a good starting point to restore political normalcy,” Museveni said.

In the meeting, South Sudan president, Salva Kiir and his former vice president turned political rival, Dr Riek Machar shook hands.

The two fell out in 2013 leading to a bitter civil war that is still raging. Machar has since relocated to South Africa.

Museveni pledged to fully support the peace process and thanked Sudan president, Omar el-Bashir for his concern over the political instability in South Sudan and for calling the meeting.

“I also salute Dr Machar for honouring this peace-making mission for the benefit of all people in his country and His Excellency Salva Kiir for being present too,” Museveni said.

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