Ethiopia says South Sudan's Kiir, Machar to meet in Addis

Tuesday June 19 2018

Riek Machar and Salva Kiir

South Sudan President Salva Kiir (right) and his then first vice president Riek Machar in Juba in 2016 before fresh fighting erupted forcing Dr Machar to flee the country. The two leaders are expected to meet in Ethiopia on June 20, 2018. PHOTO | AFP 

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir will meet his rival and former vice president Riek Machar in Addis Ababa on Wednesday, as part of talks to negotiate an end to a civil war that broke out in 2013, Ethiopia’s foreign ministry said.

“The meeting on South Sudan tomorrow [Wednesday] will be held under the auspices of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed with the aim of bridging gaps between President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar,” the ministry statement said, adding that Machar is expected to arrive in Ethiopia’s capital on Wednesday from South Africa.