Kiir joins Cairo summit on Sudan peace

President Salva Kiir is in the Egyptian capital, Cairo to participate in the neighboring countries summit for peace pursuit in the war-torn Sudan

On April 15, 2023, the war broke out between the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) under Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (Hemedti) and the Sudan Armed Forces commanded by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan over failed planned integration of forces.

On April 16 2023, President Kiir was delegated by the IGAD heads of state and government to lead the mediation team to Sudan to bring peace btween the two general but continuous fighting in the capital made it impossible for the tem to go to Sudan and opted other avenues to pursue the peace in the country. The other avenues includes today’s neighbors meeting in Cairo.

“The summit, which convenes on Thursday, aims to ‘develop effective mechanisms’ for peacefully resolving disputes through regional and international efforts,” statement from the office of the president reads.

The summit brings together the presidents of Egypt (the host), Chad, Central Africa Republic, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan and the representatives of the two warring parties to discuss ways to end the crisis in Sudan.

This is the meeting that the Sudanese government welcome after they boycotted the IGAD quartet group meeting in Addis-Ababa when the discovered the meeting is being chaired by Kenyan president William Ruto whom they rejected earlier to lead the quartet.

Kiir is being accompanied by his security advisor, Tut Gatluak manime, minister in his office, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin and the acting ministry for foreign affairs and international cooperation, Deng Dau.