KHARTOUM, June 12 (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) on Tuesday welcomed Sudan's proposal to host a meeting between South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar, the Sudanese Media Center reported.
"The AU welcomes any step that is likely to achieve peace in South Sudan," said Wakil Amutingon, acting head of the AU Liaison Office in Khartoum.
In May, foreign ministers of the member states of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Africa agreed on holding a face-to-face meeting between Kiir and Machar.
The meeting is expected to revive the peace process in South Sudan and urge the parties to the conflict to implement the peace deal brokered by the IGAD in August 2015.
South Sudan has been witnessing a civil war since December 2013, which has left about 10,000 dead and millions of others displaced.