South Sudan's Kiir, British minister discuss peace deal implementation

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-13 22:19:26|Editor: huaxia
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JUBA, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Britain's Foreign Office Minister for Africa Andrew Stephenson on Tuesday met in the South Sudanese capital Juba to discuss the progress of the September 2018 peace deal.

The British minister and the South Sudanese leader held talks on a range of issues, including the progress of the revitalized peace agreement and ways of bolstering bilateral ties between the two countries, the president's office said in a statement.

"Andrew reiterated the United Kingdom's commitment towards supporting the government and the people of South Sudan in achieving lasting peace and development for the country," it added.

Stephenson arrived in Juba on Monday for a two-day visit. He is expected to meet other senior government officials and also visit British-funded projects in the conflict-torn east African country.

Britain is a member of the troika countries, a group of three western nations also comprising of Norway and the U.S. which backed South Sudan's cessation from Sudan in July 2011.

South Sudan descended into civil war in late 2013 and the conflict has created one of the fastest growing refugee crises in the world.

The United Nations estimates that about four million South Sudanese have been displaced internally and externally.

A peace deal signed in August 2015 collapsed following renewed violence in the capital in July 2016.

Under the latest peace deal, opposition leader Riek Machar will be reinstated as Kiir's deputy. Enditem