Rebel leader Machar to attend talks with South Sudan’s Kirr

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Riek Machar, South Sudanese rebel leader.

South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar has accepted an invitation from the Ethiopian Prime Minister to talks with South Sudanese president Salva Kiir in Khartoum next week, a spokesman for Machar said on Wednesday.

“The Movement welcomes this invitation … it will go a long way in building confidence in the peace process,” the spokesman said in an emailed statement.

On May 24, talks in Ethiopia to revive South Sudan’s failed 2015peace pact and end the country’s civil war broke up on without a deal, mediators said, potentially prolonging a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions.

Regional grouping the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has been helping to mediate and get South Sudan’s warring parties to agree again on power...

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