President Uhuru Kenyatta was given updates on the South Sudan peace process at State House in Nairobi on Wednesday. Al-Dirdiri Ahmed, who is Sudan’s Foreign Affairs Minister, and Uhuru discussed matters including the recent Khartoum Peace Agreement. Ahmed’s visit was in line with the mandate of the IGAD Summit of June 21, for Sudan President Omar al-Bashir to host the second round of face-to-face negotiations between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar.
Uhuru and the minister also discussed agreements reached on security arrangements and governance chapters of the 2016 Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS). The President confirmed his participation in the next IGAD Summit at which the two South Sudan leaders are expected to sign the agreements as well as chart the next step in efforts to restore peace and stability.
Uhuru is expected to convene the third session of Kiir and Machar’s face-to-face negotiations during which implementation mechanisms of the peace accord are to be agreed upon. He commended Sudan for the progress made and reaffirmed Kenya’s commitment to the restoration of peace, security and stability in South Sudan.