Ethiopia, Eritrea leaders visit S Sudan to discuss peace deal

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Al Jazeera -The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea have travelled to South Sudan for high-level talks with President Salva Kiir amid efforts to revive a flagging peace deal struck last year between his government and rebels.

The visit on Monday came amid increasing warnings that the deal agreed in September last year to quell South Sudan’s war was falling apart and all sides were preparing for fresh fighting.

“One of the first issues that they discussed was how to bolster the ongoing peace process,” South Sudan’s Foreign Minister Nhial Deng Nhial told journalists after Kiir met Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki at State House in the capital, Juba.

Among other things, the leaders discussed bringing on board groups who rejected the deal signed in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, Nhial said.

“The government of the republic of South Sudan has been very supportive of this,” he added.

Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan, reporting from Khartoum in neighbouring Sudan, said the visit of the two leaders came as a surprise.

“Kiir was touring the states in the country and had to cut his tour short to go back to Juba to receive the prime minister of Ethiopia and the president of Eritrea.”

Millions in South Sudan surviving on food aid (1:55)

South Sudan broke away from Sudan in 2011 after a long and bloody independence struggle, but just two years later, war broke out again when Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup.

A conflict erupted that split the country along ethnic lines. Nearly 400,000 people are estimated to have died and millions have fled their homes, many of them pushed to the brink of starvation.

The United Nations has cautioned that tens of thousands face starvation as fighting continues despite the pact.

Nhial said ambassador Ismail Wais of the IGAD regional trade block monitoring the peace deal signed by Kiir and Machar, will meet separately with rebel chief Thomas Cirillo and former-army-chief-turned-opposition figure Paul Malong in Addis Ababa and Nairobi on March 8 and 10.

Cirillo and Malong both rejected the September deal.

Morgan said regional and international bodies have been warning that the peace deal was being slowly implemented and is behind schedule.

“Let’s not forget that by the end of May, the pre-transitional period comes to an end and the transitional period should be starting, with Machar, who is currently in Khartoum, returning back to South Sudan to take his seat as vice president,” she said.

Eritrea and Ethiopia, themselves still working on healing ties damaged by years of conflict over their shared border, are part of IGAD. Both have established business investments in South Sudan’s hotel industry.

Ethiopia is a key contributor to a 4,000-regional armed protection force deployed to prevent further outbreak of war in South Sudan.

SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies

13 COMMENTS

  1. Amara is all Ethiopians.
    Dergists Looser Oromos, looser Tigres , Looser Kimants….. are all called Amaras. Winner Ethiopians are not called Amaras. Only loser Ethiopians are called Amaras . Looser is Amara ..Beggar kimalam Amaras are allover Addis Ababa streets eating Quoshe. The great visionary leader Dr. Abiy’s growth and transformation plan doesnot involve these looser Amaras.Deal with it.Amaras are public health hazard for Addis Ababa and surrounding areas.

  2. ሰሜን ሱዳን የህዉሓት የፓለትት አጋዥ መሆኑ የታወቀ ነው:: አቢቹ አረብኛውን አቀላጥፎ ስለሚናገር በሶማሊያም በኤርትራም በሱዳንም መንግሥታት ተቀባይነት አለው:: አቢቹ ከኬንያ ጋር ከኤርትራ ጋግ ከደቡብ ሱዳን ጋር ግንኙነቱን ለምንድን ነው ማጠናከር የሚፈልገው?
    አቢቹ በየትኛውም አቅጣጫ መከበብ አይፈልግም:: ህዉሓትም ይሁን ወይንም የአማራው ክንፍ በነዚህ ሃገራት የሽምቅ አቅም እንዳይኖራቸው አቢቹ ያላሰለሰ ጥረት እያደረገ ነው:: አቢቹ የድርጊት ሰው ነው(action oriented person ):: እንደነዚህ ያሉ የድርጊት ሰዎች መሪዎች ከሆኑ አዋጪ የሆነ እቅድ ከተሰጣቸው ያለ የሌለ አቅማቸውን ተጠቅመው ከግብ የሚያደርሱ ናቸው:: Well done Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed!!!
    አቢቹ የምሥራቅ አፍሪካው ቀንድ ከሰላማዊነት ባሻገር ሰርጎ ገቦች ወታደራዊ አቅም እንዳይኖራቸው በሱ መንግሥት ላይ አስቀድሞ የምሥራቅ ሃገራትን ወዳጅነት ያጠናክራል ይህን የምልበት ምክንያት አቢቹ የዉትድርና አካሄድን በሚገባ የተረዳ እና ጥሩ ወታደራዊ ክህሎት ያለው ሰውም ነው:: ፊንፊኔ በእግርዋ እስክትቆም አቢቹ ሮጥ ሮጥ ማለት አለበት ደሞ በዋንኛነት:: Anyways I salute and take my hat off to you PM Abiy Ahmed!!!!

      • Abebaw

        Please tell him, you see what I mean, this guys are idiots, they think we don’t follow. He was insulting Abiy not too long ago, here it is now. Geltu beleh elegeww

  3. it is very hard to believe how much this two leaders are scared of TPLF. I bet you, both Issayas and Abiy scream in the night in their dreams, the Weyanes are coming!!!!!!!!!!!!the weyanes are coming and wetting their bed!!!!!!!!!!! But TPLF is busy working with new big investors from all of the world coming to Tigray, yet this two paranoid leaders are going all over Africa asking for help, telling the foreign leaders, please save us…this Tegarus are worriers, history tells us what they are capable of doing to their enemies, they successfully defeated the Egyptians in Gundet 1875, Gura 1876, Aylet 1887, Senhit 1880, against the mahdists of Sudan, kufit 1885, Metema 1889 against Italians, Sahati 1887, Dogali 1887, Amba-Alaje 1889, Mekelle 1896 and at last when the Italian army got so week with all the successive attacks incurred to them from the Tegaru, the rest of the people in Ethiopia then said they can help, when everything is almost over and joined in Adwa for the first time in 1896 and put the war to an end together. Not only that, this people defeated the mighty force of Derg and freed the Ethiopians from the brutal dictator also

    Yet it is true, The Tegarus are undefeated heros of the world and Abiy and issayas have a good reason to be scared of

  4. i wish this idiot stop talking and start working

    at least start some kind of project road i might suggest .. what is the point endless meeting and talking

  5. “…..ነገሩ በንግግር ደረጃ: ለማ መገርሳንም ስሰማ (በተለይ ለማ መገርሳ!) በዘር ፖለቲካ ላይ: በጣም ጫን ብሎ: ተቃውሞ ድምፅ ያሰማ ይመስለኛል–እኔ እንደሰማሁት:: አብይ እንደሱ [እንደ ለማ] ያህል ባይሰማኝም: እሱም አንድ ላይ ናቸው ያሉት::

    ነገር ግን ይህ ዲስኩር ነው:: በዲስኩር ደረጃ ግሩም ናቸው:: በተግባር ደረጃ ግን: የሚሰራው: የምናየው ሹመቱንም: ምኑንም ስንመለከት: የምንገንዘበው እልተለውጥንም:: ያው ነው:: መንግዳችን ያው ነው:: የዘር መንገድ ነው የያዝነው:: ላለፉት 40 ዓመት ከሄድንባቸው ጉዞ: እንዲያው መንጥቆ የሚያወጣን: ደረጃ ላይ ደርስን ስንል: ቀስ ቀስ እያለ እንደገና የሚደፍቀን ሁኔታ ውስጥ እየገባን ነው:: እናም አሳዛኝ ሁኔታ እየተፈጠረ እንደሆነ ይመስለኛል::

    የእነ ለማና አብይ አብዮት እተቀለበሰ ነው ለማለት ይቻላል [ይመስለኛል]:: ደግሞ ሌላ ስው ቀልብሶባችው አይደለም:: እራሳቸው [ለማ+ አብይ] እየቀለብሱት ነው።”

    ፕ/ር መስፍን ወልደማርያም እንደተናገሩት

  6. Ash,
    ”I wish this idiot stop talking and start working

    at least start some kind of project road i might suggest .. what is the point endless meeting and talking….”

    Ash I think you missed the target; you know why? It’s is a new regime with new plan, new ideology, and above all its a transformation time.

  7. south sudan is not just the affair of ethiopia and eritrea. china, egypt, north sudan the USA, UK, EU, germany , uganda , north sudan are all involved directly or indirectly.they are all trying to control the oil wealth of south sudan.

  8. If we survive this year 2019 in one piece, hopefully we will transition into voting at the perfectly monitored election in year 2020.Obviously if we do not survive 2019 we will not vote in 2020. So for now surviving 2019 is something we should all extremely concentrate on.Apply for the brand new Addis Ababa’s digital ID and vote when the date comes.

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