S. Sudan's Kiir to visit Khartoum Tuesday

Kiir will be accompanied on his visit by a number of South Sudanese government ministers and officials.

S. Sudan's Kiir to visit Khartoum Tuesday

World Bulletin/News Desk

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir will arrive in Khartoum on Tuesday for a one-day visit.

"President Kiir will visit Sudan on Tuesday for one day as part of consultations between the two countries," the South Sudanese embassy in Khartoum announced in a Friday statement.

According to the statement, Kiir will be accompanied on his visit by a number of South Sudanese government ministers and officials.

Kiir had initially been scheduled to visit Khartoum on Saturday, but the visit was postponed.

Kiir spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said the visit had been postponed because Kiir was due to attend a summit of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an East African regional bloc, this week.

"The president received an invitation [from Khartoum], but because of the IGAD summit next week, he will travel to Addis [Ababa] and may go to Khartoum when he comes back," Ateny said.

On Thursday, Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti said Khartoum had "suspicions" that Juba was supporting rebel groups in Sudan's South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

South Sudanese officials, for their part, accuse Khartoum of providing support for rebel leader Riek Machar, who has been leading an insurgency against Kiir's regime since last December.

South Sudan seceded from Sudan in 2011 following a public referendum, putting an end to one of Africa's longest civil wars, during which more than two million people were said to have been killed.

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