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KHARTOUM - 25 Jun 2018

South Sudan peace talks begin in Khartoum

Fresh talks on the crisis in South Sudan this morning began in Khartoum as pressure mounts on leaders to take stronger action to end the ongoing war.

The talks in Khartoum are facilitated by Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir as part of the East African bloc IGAD.

In his opening remarks, South Sudan’s President Salva accused the rebels of using the revitalization process as a forum for a regime change agenda.

Kiir said some of the outstanding raised by the opposition were not relevant with the peace process in South Sudan.

The South Sudanese leader urged Sudan’s government to assist the warring parties to be rational during the talks for the sake of peace in South Sudan.

Meanwhile, Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir urged South Sudan leaders to find amicable solutions to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan.

He called on President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar to put the interest of the people of South Sudan first before their personal interests.

The Sudanese leader pledged to help the South Sudan parties in finding amicable solutions to the ongoing war in South Sudan.