Monday August 25 2014

President in Ethiopia to discuss South Sudan crisis


President Museveni yesterday arrived in Addis Ababa to attend a regional meeting on South Sudan conflict three days after the rebels agreed to let Ugandan troops remain on South Sudan.

The rebels led by former vice president Riek Machar have been calling for withdrawal of Ugandan troops, who deployed in South Sudan last year to support the government of President Salva Kiir.

The rebels’ acceptance to let Ugandan troops remain in South Sudan would ease tension between the insurgents and President Museveni, whom they have accused of interfering in the internal affairs of their country.

A statement issued by State House yesterday said the heads of state from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development , which has been mediating talks between the rebels and South Sudan government, met yesterday evening in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

On Friday, President Museveni met his South Sudan counterpart at State House, Entebbe two days after the rebels arrived in Kampala to meet Ugandan security and defence officials.

The meeting was opened by President Museveni’s brother and presidential adviser on defence, Gen Salim Saleh.