South Sudan warring leaders to meet Wednesday, Ethiopia says

June 19, 2018 - 8:32 am

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia says South Sudan's warring leaders will meet face-to-face for the first time in almost two years on Wednesday amid efforts to end a five-year civil war.

Spokesman Meles Alem with Ethiopia's foreign ministry tells The Associated Press that South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rival Riek Machar are expected to arrive in Addis Ababa on Tuesday evening.

Both sides last week welcomed the invitation by Ethiopia's prime minister to meet. The East African regional bloc last month called for their meeting ahead of an African Union summit on July 1 in Mauritania.

Machar fled South Sudan after new fighting erupted in the capital in July 2016, ending a brief attempt at peace in which Machar returned to his role as Kiir's deputy.

The conflict has killed tens of thousands.

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