SOUTH SUDAN PRESIDENT IN ADDIS TO THREE-DAY VISIT TO ETHIOPIA

ADDIS ABABA, Feb 24 (NNN-ENA) — President Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan has arrived in Addis Ababa for a three-day official visit to Ethiopia.

He was welcomed on arrival at Bole International Airport here Thursday by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. The two leaders are expected to discuss bilateral ties and issues of mutual interest during the visit.

A number of agreements which will enable the two countries to co-operate in various areas are also expected to be signed between the two sides.

When Hailemariam visited Juba last October, the two sides agreed to strengthen relations by concluding various co0operation agreements. They agreed to partner in trade and investment, peace and security as well as infrastructure development, among other areas.

The current visit by President Kiir is expected to further boost bilateral ties between the two neigbouring countries. Salva Kiir has been President of South Sudan since the world’s youngest nation gained its independence from Sudan in 2011.

However, the country fell into crisis in December 2013 amidst a power struggle between the president and his former deputy, Riek Machar, who he had sacked.

As a result of the conflict in the country, thousands of people killed and millions people have been displaced, many fleeing to neighbouring countries, including Ethiopia, which has been striving to resolve the crisis in South Sudan through peaceful means by mediating negotiations between the two sides.

A peace deal signed by the two rival political leaders in August 2015 under regional and international pressure led to the formation of the transitional government of national unity in April but the conflict in South Sudan has continued.

Source: Nam News Network