Sudan to facilitate meeting between S. Sudan leaders

Agencies-

Sudan has offered to facilitate a face-to-face meeting between South Sudanese leader Salva Kiir and his arch rival Riek Machar in a bid to salvage the fragile 2018 peace deal, an official said Tuesday.

Deng Dua Deng, deputy minister of Foreign Affairs said head of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) Abdel Fattah al-Burhan agreed to help address the standoff surrounding the proposed meeting between the rival South Sudanese leaders.

Kiir and al-Burhan met in Khartoum on the sidelines of the signing ceremony of a power sharing deal between the TMC and protestors held on Aug 17.

Deng said the al-Burhan agreed to give protection to the rebel chief during the talks in South Sudan.

“It was good that president Salva met with Burhani and they discussed a common motion raised between the countries and also issues of peace in South Sudan,” Deng told state-owned radio, South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC).

“They also discussed the issues of Riek Machar and president Salva,” he added.

The African Union (AU) last month asked Kiir and Machar to hold talks in a bid to expedite the implementation of the outstanding issues in the peace deal.