South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his arch-foe Riek Machar have been pictured in a group hug with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who’s mediating peace talks between them.
They met face-to-face in Addis Ababa for a working visit on Wednesday night ahead of talks on Thursday.
Enabling the first face-to-face encounter in two years for Kiir and Machar involved sending the South Sudanese rebel leader from South Africa where he has been sheltering since being driven out of Juba.
Delegates from both sides see the group hug and smiles notwithstanding, a peace deal is a long way off.
The regional grouping Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is proposing a power-sharing agreement that would leave Kiir in the top job and reinstate Machar as his deputy.
Author: Staff Writer