Angolan president invited to attend S. Sudan independence celebrations
Luanda - The Angolan head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, was invited on Friday to attend the celebrations of the 4th anniversary of South Sudan Independence on 9 July.
The invitation from the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, was handed over to the Angolan statesman during an audience he granted to his special envoy, Nhial Deng Nhial at the Presidential Palace in Luanda.
Speaking to the press at the end of the meeting, Nhial Deng said the president José Eduardo dos Santos assured him that Angola will be represented at the highest level.
He said that the audience approached the current situation in South Sudan, in the light of decisions emerged from the extraordinary summit of the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) on the peace process in that country, held in May in the Angolan capital.
Nhial Deng Nhial said that President dos Santos pledged to continue with consultations, both at the level of ICGLR and United Nations to find a peaceful solution to the internal conflict in that country, where the rebel group keeps its army.
Salva Kiir Mayardit envoy expressed optimism about the positive outcome of the peace process in South Sudan, with the support of CIGRL, under the José Eduardo dos Santos, current chairperson of this body.
South Sudan, whose capital is Juba, became an independent State on July 9, 2011.
With a population estimated at 11.3 million people, S. Sudan joined the African Union (AU) on the 28th of the same month.