The Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir on Monday left for Juba in an official visit to hold talks with his South Sudanese counterpart, Salva Kiir Mayardit, the SUNA news agency said.
“Al-Bashir left for Juba Monday morning, leading a high-level delegation, in an official one-day visit to hold talks with South Sudanese President Mayardit and members of his government”, the report said.
Al-Bashir would be accompanied by Minister of the Presidency, Salah Wanasi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Karti, Minister of Defense, Abdul-Rahim Hussein, Minister of Petroleum, Mekawi Awad and Chief of Intelligence and Security Service, Mohamed al-Moula.
The Sudan’s official radio reported that al-Bashir would travel to Juba to meet with Kiir to “review a solution for the conflict there”.
During the past weeks, South Sudan witnessed clashes between two military factions, one descending from the Dinka tribe, to which President Kiir belongs and the other descending from the Nuer tribe, to which former vice president Riek Machar belongs.
According to UN reports, the clashes have left more than 1,000 people dead, over 121,600 civilians displaced, forcing some 63,000 others to take refuge at various UN compounds around the country.