Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta and the #Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn have met with president Salva Kiir of #SouthSudan in the capital Juba, as part of the efforts to mediate between the country’s president Kiir and his political rivals. The president has indicated he is willing to talk, but his rival, the former deputy president Riek Machar, wants key allies freed before he enters negotiations. Fighting is continuing in the oil fields of the north of the country, where government forces have won back control of some towns.
Kenya’s State House official page reported,
“President Kenyatta arrives in Juba for talks with Kirr
Juba 26th December 2013 (PSCU) President Uhuru Kenyatta has arrived in Juba, South Sudan for a one day official visit.
The plane carrying the President and his delegation touched down at Juba International Airport shortly before 10.a.m.
On arrival, President Kenyatta was received by senior South Sudanese Government officials and Kenya’s Ambassador Cleland Leshore.
President Kenyatta, who is the current chair of East African Community (EAC), is leading a high powered delegation for talks with the host President Salva Kiir on the ongoing political crisis in the neighbouring country at State House, Juba.
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn is also attending the talks.
Mediation talks between the parties involved began earlier in the week with a ministerial delegation from the development agency IGAD. Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ambassador Amina Mohammed was part of the team.