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South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar will meet Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday.
"Machar will be holding talks with Foreign Ministry officials ahead of his planned talks with the president on Friday," Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Edward Limo told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.
Machar's visit, he said, came at the invitation of President Kenyatta.
"Kenya and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) member countries in general are keen to follow up on the Addis agreement," said Limo.
South Sudan has been shaken by violence since last December, when President Salva Kiir accused Machar of leading a failed coup attempt against his regime.
The conflict has already claimed more than 10,000 lives, with the U.N. estimating that around one million South Sudanese have been displaced as a result of the violence.
Earlier this month, Kiir and Machar signed a peace deal in Addis Ababa aimed at ending the conflict in the nascent country.
The two rivals, however, have continued to accuse each other of violating the terms of the deal.
"Mr. Machar and I met earlier in the day and… discussed the agenda of his trip and an update on the recently signed peace initiative," General Lazarus Sumbeiywo, Kenya's IGAD representative to the South Sudan peace talks, told AA.
"His visit to Kenya is a follow-up to the Addis talks, considering the country is already experiencing some challenges on the ground," the peace broker added.
Machar is also expected to meet with former political detainees recently released by Kiir and currently hosted by the Kenyan government.
The 11 former detainees had earlier been accused of being part of the coup plot against Kiir.Last Mod: 29 Mayıs 2014, 09:59