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S. Sudan President is ready to meet rebel leader

May 3, 2014

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — South Sudan’s president says he is ready to meet with his former vice-president turned-rebel to promote peace in the country.

According to Kenya’s presidential press office South Sudanese President Salva Kiir told Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni late Friday that he will talk with rebel leader Riek Machar. The three presidents were attending a regional infrastructure meeting.

Kiir flew to Kenya Friday after meeting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in South Sudan’s capital, Juba. Briefing reporters after meeting Kiir, Kerry announced the South Sudanese president is ready to meet with the rebel leader. Kiir did not talk to reporters.

Fighting broke out in South Sudan in mid-December between supporters of Kiir and Machar leading to thousands of deaths and 1 million people fleeing their homes.

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