Foreign Minister Dr Tedros Adhanom met on Wednesday with President Salva Kirr Mayardit of South Sudan and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Barnaba Marial Benjamin in Juba, capital of South Sudan. The bilateral talks covered issues related to the upcoming IGAD Summit in Addis Ababa on January 18 and developments of the ongoing IGAD-led peace negotiations.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom told journalists in Juba that he "had a very fruitful discussion with his Excellency president Salva Kiir Mayardit. We had two issues: one is the upcoming IGAD summit in Addis Ababa in January 18, which he will be attending.
The other issue which we discussed was the progress of the peace talks and also the preparations for the upcoming IGAD summit." Dr Tedros said that he had extended an invitation to take part at the upcoming summit, expressed his hope that this summit will consolidate the gains made so far in the past IGAD summits and help the warring parties resolve the outstanding issues.
Dr. Tedros noted that the upcoming summit will feature the presentations of reports by the two warring parties from their consultations, noting that "since there was agreement on most of the issues, we will build on the issues which were agreed previously."
Barnaba Marial Benjamin, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, on his part noted that the existing bilateral relations between the two countries, adding that joint ministerial commission will be held in February to elevate the relations into a higher level.
He further added that "There are some agreement(s) being drafted and we hope the next joint ministerial commission that will be held in Addis Ababa will take our bilateral relations to even higher level."