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South Sudan’s Kiir to meet Machar in Khartoum: minister


President Salva Kiir greets First Vice President Riek Machar before to start a meeting at the South Sudanese presidency in Juba on 3 June 2016 (Photo Moses Lomayat)

June 5, 2018 (KHARTOUM/JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir agreed to meet with his former First Vice-President Riek Machar in Khartoum, announced the Sudanese Foreign Minister upon his return from Juba on Tuesday.

President Kiir met with a Sudanese delegation headed by foreign Minister al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed including Oil Minister Azhary Abdel Gader and the head of National Intelligence and Security Services Salah Gosh, said the foreign ministry in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

Presidential spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny described the meeting as fruitful, saying South Sudanese leader has commended the role the Sudanese government is playing in the peace process.

“The Sudanese foreign minister and the minister of oil came for bilateral talks and to deliver a message of his brother his Excellency the President of the Republic Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit. The message the Sudanese government have delivered to his Excellency the President is the message of assurance to continue to support peace so that stability returns to the country,” said Ateny.

The delegation conveyed to Kiir a message from President Omer al-Bashir proposing him to meet with Machar in Khartoum in support of the IGAD High-Level Revitalization Forum of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.

"President Salva Kiir thanked President Omar al-Bashir for the initiative, which he said reflected the spirit of brotherhood and loyalty between the two countries and the two brotherly peoples," said the Sudanese foreign ministry spokesperson.

Kiir welcomed the initiative and affirmed his government’s readiness to participate in the meeting and to contribute to its success to achieve security and stability in South Sudan, he said.

Also, President Kiir praised Sudan’s stand in support of South Sudan stability, pointing out that the stability of South Sudan represents the stability of Sudan, according to the statement.

For his part, Ateny Wek Ateny told reporters in Juba that the coalition government has accepted the president to meet rebel leader without condition.

“Initially, the stance of the government was not to meet the rebel leader, Riek Machar before denouncing violence but because the government is committed to ending war and bring peace to the country, the council of ministers has welcomed the proposal of the IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) and allowed his Excellency the President of the Republic to meet Riek Machar,” said Ateny.

However, the South Sudanese official pointed that Kiir did not receive an official letter from the chairman of the regional bloc mediating the talks, but he would like to meet Machar in Ethiopia instead of Mauritania as it appeared in a communique.

Last week, the IGAD, which is mediating a process for the implementation of a peace agreement signed in 2015, decided to organise a meeting between President Kiir and his main rival Machar.

The IGAD set June 30 as the deadline for the meeting between the two rival leaders.

The revitalization forum is stalled on issues related to the governance and security arrangement. But the mediators say they have hope that the two leaders make the needed concessions in the remaining outstanding matters.

The foreign ministry spokesperson said the Sudanese oil minister discussed with his South Sudanese counterpart the joint cooperation for the resumption of oil production in the troubled country

Also, Gosh and his South Sudanese counterpart discussed security issues and joint cooperation to achieve security and stability in the border areas.


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  • 6 June 2018 01:17, by lino

    What... What??! No one expected this move from Islamic Sudan! Welcome back Southerners!!! They are waiting to help you in your endeavours!!!

    • 6 June 2018 01:43, by Masiah


      village thick brain, what is Islam to do with Kirr and Machar meeting, Sometime Junubin need to open their thick brain, no wonder we never go forawrd because from village to city cause us big damage.

      Brother Lino switch your brain, Life of KaKuma and Arua uganda affect your life.

      • 6 June 2018 09:14, by Whortti Bor Manza

        El messiah, Lino is right. South Sudan applied to join the Arab league and now without hesitation want to meet Riek Machar in kht. I have been saying Dinkas are lazy, dependent and predatory people, you deny. See here.
        Soon the season of migration to the north will start. Allah u akhbar.

      • 6 June 2018 16:59, by lino

        Haha 😂 !!! Masiah,

        I haven’t been in those place you mentioned all my life! I have been studying the Islamic mentality and methodology for several years now as well as South Sudanese thinking mentality and processes for the last 25 years!!!

    • 6 June 2018 04:10, by Games

      Arab are better than JCE. Arab never killed pregnancies women and cutting their stomach to separate them from an born child. Arab never cooked people and forced their relatives to eat their flash. Arab never forced teenages boys to have sex with their mothers and grandmothers. Arab never cut young girls breastfeeding in order they wouldn’t produces and takeoff the young boys testicles. Stop

      • 6 June 2018 08:39, by Games

        You Dinka are Nuer Slaves and it will remain like that. Tell the world the war Dinka/Slaves fought by themselves and won it again their Opponents? You Cowardice are always talking others fighters credits without a shame as apparently, it turned out that there is no such a word shame in Dinka/Slaves languages.

    • 6 June 2018 10:51, by Midit Mitot

      That,s good move Walai, I,am always assuring many Juba regime supporting on this Sudan-tribune that, peace without Dr Machar will not prevails in this country. Taban Deng and his group are nothing, just confusing the World while they are apart of Juba regime.

  • 6 June 2018 04:14, by Games

    Anyway, Wellcome back Dr. Riek Machar. The country has missed you heaps.

  • 6 June 2018 05:11, by Trouble

    There we go welcome to SPLA IO stronghold territory Khartoum let’s see whether the stupid Dinka President will accept to meet the real S Sudanese president Dr Riek Machar hahaha

  • 6 June 2018 05:59, by Trouble

    Hahaha Jieng kingdom under the leadership of M7 & queen slave Kiir is crumbling to its knees let’s see more good news on the ground I would like to see all non Dinkas back up Dr Riek Machar in S Sudan by all means because Dinkas don’t want peace the only language they understand is war. Rise up my fellow equatorian

    • 6 June 2018 10:32, by Kenyang ll

      Jieng with inseparable few allies comprised over 50% of South Sudan 12 million. Keep your stupidity to yourself.

      • 6 June 2018 19:31, by jubaone

        What value does SS have even when jienges constitute 90% of SS and can’t do anything except theft, rape, killing and shitting? Quality instead of quantity. Jienges have 14 states in the current governance system, yet their states aren’t different from cattle camps. So what?

  • 6 June 2018 06:00, by Trouble

    Hahaha Jieng kingdom under the leadership of M7 & queen slave Kiir is crumbling to its knees let’s see more good news on the ground I would like to see all non Dinkas back up Dr Riek Machar in S Sudan by all means because Dinkas don’t want peace the only language they understand is war. Rise up my fellow equatorian

    • 6 June 2018 07:08, by Eastern

      Kiir will begin complaining that he wants to meet Machar in Entebbe Uganda not Khartoum. The man loves preconditions!

      • 6 June 2018 07:42, by jubaone

        Soon he will dash to get consent from his mentor and controller M7. He’s being remotely controlled.

        • 6 June 2018 08:22, by Eastern


          Bashir is leaving his nemesis with egg on his face by hosting Dr. Machar and Kiir in Khartoum during this hot month and Ramadhan period in Khartoum. I love the unfolding drama!

        • 6 June 2018 12:24, by South South


          Kiir is going to meet Riak with IGAD proposal in his hands. Riak can decide to take it or go back to South Africa. The man is in a bad shape. Kiir will tell him this: "Make it or break it". If he makes it, he has new life, but if he breaks it, then he goes back to South Africa.

          • 6 June 2018 12:44, by Eastern

            South South,

            The issues at hand are really beyond Machar, the man has been corned and kept in house arrest for nearly two years now and nothing has changed for the better even after Taban Deng did the unthinkable. It is Kiir who needs a stable South Sudan than any other person. If Kiir had the magic wand of stopping the war, he would have used it because the war is taking it toil on him!

            • 6 June 2018 13:53, by South South


              You need to visit Malakal today to see by yourself how much Kiir is controlling the country, not only that, Pagak is in our hands and rebels are left to roam in the bushes or on the street of Khartoum. Riak lost war miserably. He can not take back Leer, his home town.

              • 6 June 2018 15:31, by Eastern

                South South,

                If that is the case then what type of peace is Kiir looking for? Again, it’s not about Machar losing a war. Machar has been out of South Sudan for nearly two years now, why is the country in the stage it is in? South Sudan is not only Malakal, Pagak or Leer.

              • 6 June 2018 16:44, by jubaone

                South South
                Jienge scoundrel! If you can’t develop your junk jiengestans without war, even capturing Leer won’t bring anything. What the opposition must continue doing is wiping off nyors and all flying insects or MTNs. Riak should NOT waste time with jienges. They can’t talk, they fight. So lets go for it.

              • 6 June 2018 17:37, by The Rhino

                South South,

                Your malnourished tribal scumbags in uniform took partial control of those areas just to loot and kill innocent civilians at night.They’re these same goons in Juba called the "unknown gunmen",extremely active at night on people they’re supposed to protect.Tell your tribal chief Kiir to first take control of the "unknown gunmen" in the capital,before you speak of him controlling....

                • 6 June 2018 17:42, by The Rhino

                  ...some other places where hungry soldiers only spend their entire time in holes and trenches.Ya jienge loser!

  • 6 June 2018 06:49, by aborigin

    This piece is the greatest rhetoric that has never happened in the history of this Nation, for heaven sake did anyone gave it genuinely a second thought that Khartoum can broker a just peace between this rivals??!!!, Ateny is there praising the move, wonders shall never cease!!!, Khartoum is still nursing the euphoria of losing South Sudan and they have been working hard to reverse this transition

    • 6 June 2018 06:55, by aborigin

      By use of proxy through their sympathisers, Salah Hosh and minister of petroleum!!!, something sinister is cooking, IGAD is no longer trustworthy. If at all they meet nothing tangible shall bear fruit only revival of another war to be implemented, disengage from SPLM north or else we shall support IO bla bla bla.... try destroy this country but we have a strong generation rich in history and count

  • 6 June 2018 06:51, by Nyesi Ta

    When these two notorious leaders meet and agree to bring peace, they will go back to their old corrupt ways of looting the country, but if they disagree, they will continue to kill the people (Nhial Bol). The international community doesn’t provide real solutions to the problem in South Sudan, but are working tirelessly to bring the two criminals to govt instead of taking them to the Hague.

    • 6 June 2018 10:24, by Kenyang ll

      Nyesi Ta,
      Thank you.

  • 6 June 2018 07:51, by Mike Mike

    Riek is a fool Dr who had no healthy vision in his brain.He is well known of the killing of innocent Nuer people in the name of Nguengdeeng and Dak Kueth.Riek will never lead SS as a President of the Republic because the mighty SPLM/ A that he rebel against its system in 1991 will not give him a room to take over the leadership of SS.Arab puppets can not rule us at all unless he go back to arab.

    • 6 June 2018 08:50, by Malakal county Simon


      Please think you begin to write none sense!! There was no any single point to compell your readers in relation to what’s you wrote above....

      • 6 June 2018 08:57, by Malakal county Simon


        Anyway back to topic, This is a great initiative by the two leaders and southerners/peace lovers must endorse this important meeting of all.... Whoever against this such an important initiative, must be against peace and the people’s of South Sudan....

        • 6 June 2018 09:32, by Mike Mike

          I don’t like to support this fake proposal made by Sudanese regiment in Khartoum. Why do they kept quite all this time and when they saw Igad council of ministers have came up with this crucial proposal to bring the two rival leaders together to accept peace then they come in with their fake idea that can’t help anything in this fragile situation of ours. I want them to meet in Addis period.

    • 6 June 2018 13:55, by Nyesi Ta

      ... And Kiir Al Awiir is an idiot/stupid whose head is filled with bullshit. The idiot will never reverse the crisis he created in our country no matter what he does, and read my lips the war will not stop as long as murderer Kiir stays in J1. By the way alot us don’t know the meaning of J1. It means "Jenege One".

  • 6 June 2018 08:50, by Proverbs

    “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things…”

    • 6 June 2018 08:51, by Proverbs

      “They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” —Steve Jobs

  • 6 June 2018 09:23, by Morthon Akol

    my dear people of South Sudan you are criticizing every move for solving the problem in Republic of South Sudan.through IGAD, SPLM Reunification now Sudan came up with another initiative and you are not. so let us wait for Jesus to come maybe is the one you can believe otherwise.

  • 6 June 2018 10:19, by Kenyang ll

    That’s how supposed to be, put these two animals in one room and have them figure out how to fix their own mess, war. You talk and make peace with enemy, not friend.

  • 6 June 2018 10:51, by Mike Mike

    Riek is not a good type of person that one can be forced to have peace with him. He is a real devil that you can make a peace accord with him today and tomorrow he can attacks you instantly for no reason. If I were in that peace talk, I would have suggest for Riek to remain in South Africa then to bring him again in South Sudan to create another hell problem to the people of SS in general.

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