Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed left here on Monday for Juba, the capital of South Sudan to attend regional leaders’ meeting on the reconciliation process among Sudan’s government and armed groups.

“Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will be attending the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) (IGAD) Leaders Consultation on Reconciliation of the Sudanese Transitional Government and the Sudanese Armed Group,” the Ethiopian Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Monday.

According to the Ethiopian Prime Minister’s Office, Ahmed and his delegation were received by the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit upon arrival in Juba.

On Sunday, the government of South Sudan announced that regional leaders will arrive in Juba on October 14 to anticipate peace talks between Sudan’s government and armed groups.

Tut Kew Gatluak, presidential security advisor of South Sudan, told journalists, after receiving the first batch of Sudanese peace delegations at Juba international airport, that the government of South Sudan is ready to receive the leaders who will be arriving in Juba on Monday.

In July, Mohamed Hamdan Daqlu, the deputy head of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) met with President Salva Kiir in Juba in order to start mediation talks with the armed opposition groups.

Several rounds of peace talks have failed to end the conflict.

In September, Sudan’s government and armed groups agreed to hold peace talks on October 14, under a mediation initiative fronted by South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir. Enditem

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