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JUBA - 10 Oct 2018

Kiir invites regional leaders to Juba to celebrate peace deal

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has invited all regional leaders to come to Juba to participate in a celebration of the signed revitalized peace deal towards the end of October, a top official said.

The government said President Kiir's move to invite IGAD leaders and opposition leaders to Juba is aimed at building confidence among the peace partners.

On 12 September, parties to South Sudan's conflict signed a power-sharing deal aimed at ending the civil war.

South Sudan’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Deng Dau Deng said in a statement in Juba on Monday that President Kiir invited all IGAD leaders to attend peace celebrations in Juba during the meeting of the Regional Oversight Mechanism of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region.

The meeting, which was held in Kampala on Monday, was also attended by President Museveni of Uganda and Zambian President Edgar Lungu.

Dau further said the leaders also welcomed the revitalized peace agreement in South Sudan and called on the parties to ensure the full implementation of the deal.