East Africa: Kenyan President in South Sudan to Shore Up Peace Talks

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta left the country on Tuesday for South Sudan to consult with President Salva Kiir on the peace process aimed at ending the current political conflict.

A statement issued in Nairobi said Kenyatta and his counterpart will discuss the progress of the implementation of the comprehensive peace agreement.

The two leaders are to hold a closed-door meeting and are scheduled to address a joint news conference later in South Sudan’s capital of Juba.

South Sudan has been embroiled in a political conflict following heavy fighting between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and former Vice-President Riek Machar in July.

Kiir later sacked Machar and replaced him with former opposition chief negotiator Taban Deng Gai late last month.

Source: Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.