President Kiir meets U.N. Special envoy for Horn of Africa

South Sudan, Juba: President Salva Kiir Mayardit held a meeting with Hanna Serwa Tetteh, the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Horn of Africa, to discuss the issue of Abyei and South Sudan's meditating role in Sudan's peace deal.

South Sudan, Juba: President Salva Kiir Mayardit held a meeting with Hanna Serwa Tetteh, the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Horn of Africa, to discuss the issue of Abyei and South Sudan’s meditating role in Sudan’s peace deal.

The U.N. envoy also discussed the ongoing political situation in South Sudan and President Kiir’s role in bringing peace to the Region. She thanked the President for sharing his views on the developmental issues in the Region and the ways to resolve the final status of Abyei.

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“If it was about talking with the government of South Sudan, the issue of Abyei Status would have been over by now, but it has to be done in conjunction with the Government of Sudan in order to come up with an outcome that is politically viable within the relations between the two Countries”, Hanna Serwa Tetteh concluded.

President Salva Kiir Mayardit also met and held talks with prominent intellectuals led by Amb. Dr Francis Mading Deng and Dr Luka Biong Deng regarding the Abyei Protocol and its final Status.

The meeting took place following an invitation by President Kiir to hear their views on the ongoing discussions on the final Status of Abyei based on the 2005 Protocol signed between the juba and Khartoum governments.

According to Dr Francis Mading Deng, determining the final Status of Abyei is key to restoring peace and security, especially for the vulnerable inhabitants of Abyei and the neighbouring communities.

Meanwhile, Dr Luka appreciated President Kiir for his leadership’s commitment and determination to resolve the final Status of Abyei.