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President Kiir And Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta Hold Talks In Juba

The visit of the head of State of Kenya was also to discuss on the on-going situation in South Sudan. Clashes erupted on the eve of South Sudan’s independence in July between forces loyal to the leader of the SPLM-IO, Riek Machar and those loyal to President Salva Kiir leaving about 300


The visit of the head of State of Kenya was also to discuss on the on-going situation in South Sudan. Clashes erupted on the eve of South Sudan’s independence in July between forces loyal to the leader of the SPLM-IO, Riek Machar and those loyal to President Salva Kiir leaving about 300 soldiers dead.

Troops from both sides have been based in the capital since April taking orders from their own commanders.

Calm has however returned to the capital Juba with those who had fled slowly returning to their homes.

Speaking to reporters in Juba after the arrival of Uhuru Kenyatta, President Kiir welcomed the delegation assuring them of a peaceful South Sudan. “I am here with H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta who came on this short visit to see how South Sudan is and of course as you are witnesses, there is no fighting in South Sudan. There is no war. People are very peaceful in Juba town” said Kiir.“So whatever people say, you those who came to Juba you can testify that there is no hostility in Juba.

The visit of President Uhuru, as the first Head of State to come to Juba after our crisis shows that the regional leadership is with us and they are very concerned about the situation in South Sudan” Kiir added.

President Uhuru on his part confirmed that there is calm in South Sudan. “We are here in Juba today to visit and to hold discussions with my older brother President Salva Kiir on the ongoing situation in South Sudan” said President Uhuru.

“I am glad to have seen for myself that after the unfortunate incident that took place a few weeks ago everything in Juba looks like it is back to normal” he added.

He also noted that his delegation is in Juba to give support in whichever way necessary to ensure there is peace and stability in the region. “We are here to give encouragements and support. We are here to say and to ask the government to push along the peace agreement and the reforms that were agreed to under that peace agreement.” Uhuru said.

“And equally we are here to offer any kind of support; moral and material that we could give to help accelerate this process so that we can ensure, we have peace and stability and working ultimately together as a region to begin to work for the prosperity of our region and our people” he noted.

“Let just us encourage one another to be brothers and sisters living in peace and harmony and focusing our attention on the key issues of how we shall propel our social-economic agenda because I believe that is the wish and the will of our people.”

After the leader of the SPLM-IO, Riek Machar fled the country during the July crisis, his position was assumed by Taban Deng Gai who now acts as the First Vice President of South Sudan.

According to the government of Sudan, Riek Machar arrived Khartoum last week, days after fleeing to the Democratic Republic of Congo following the deadly clashes last month.

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