Egypt joins South Sudan mediation efforts

Assistant Foreign Minister Hamdi Loza visited Addis Ababa last Thursday and Friday and met officials from the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and African Union (A.U.), the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Egypt joins South Sudan mediation efforts

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egypt has joined African mediators seeking to reach a peaceful solution to the conflict in South Sudan.

Assistant Foreign Minister Hamdi Loza visited Addis Ababa last Thursday and Friday and met officials from the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and African Union (A.U.), the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Loza also held consultations with South Sudanese opposition members, and representatives of international parties to the talks in Addis Ababa, including the European Union, the United States and the United Nations, the statement said.

According to the statements, all parties have welcomed Egypt's involvement in the negotiations to resolve the crisis.

South Sudan has been shaken by violence since last December, when President Salva Kiir accused Machar of standing behind a failed coup attempt against his regime.

The violence has already claimed more than 10,000 lives.

The United Nations estimates that some 3.7 million South Sudanese are now "severely food insecure," while more than 867,000 have been displaced by the fighting.

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