The President of the Republic, Omar al-Bashir, headed on Thursday to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to participate in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) summit on peace in South Sudan, hosted by the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
The summit, preceded by a meeting between South Sudan’s president and armed opposition leader Riek Machar, looking at the peace process and stability and taking decisions to lift it to the AU summit in Mauritania’s capital Nouakchott in July.
The heads of state and government of the member states of IGAD have started to arrive in Addis to participate in the regular IGAD 32th summit scheduled to be held on Thursday, where Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed, received President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit.
The head of the south opposition, Riek Machar, arrived in Ethiopia and held talks with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Varkini Kabiyo.
Al-Bashir is accompanied by a delegation comprising Dardari Mohammed Ahmed, Minister of Foreign Affairs, First Lieutenant Engineer Salah Abdullah, Director of the National Intelligence and Security Service, Rashid Al-Haroun, State Minister at the Presidency of the Republic and Hatem Hassan Bakhit, State Minister at the Presidency of the Republic, Director General of the offices of the President of the Republic.