The South Sudanese Government has said the United States President Donald Trump has promised to meet his counterpart Salva Kiir next month.
A statement released by the South Sudan presidency on Wednesday said the invite will come from the White House, Washington after formation of the second unity government expected in November 2019.
“The First Vice President, Gen. Taban Deng Gai informed President Salva Kiir that the government of the United States of America has pledged and is ready to invite President Salva Kiir to the United States of America to meet with President Donald Trump after the formation of the Transitional government of National Unity in November,” said part of the said.
President Kiir, just like in several other previous years, did not attend the recent United Nations General Assembly in New York but was represented by the First Vice President, Taban Deng.
Gen. Taban briefed Mr. Kiir yesterday at the presidential palace also known as J1 on the mission at the UN.
The statement claimed that the “whole world” supports Juba regime and want warring parties to implement the second peace agreement signed in September 2018 in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
“The First Vice President Gen. Taban Deng Gai said, the whole world supports the leadership of President Salva Kiir and wants the parties to implement the Revitalized Peace Agreement,” added the statement.
South Sudan conflicting parties were expected to form second Transitional Government of National Unity in May this year but the integration of forces is yet to materialize.
The civil war that broke out in December 2013 has resulted to the deaths of over 30,000 people, displaced over 3 million internally and to neighboring nations and left almost half of population to survive on humanitarian relief for basic needs.
The first government of unity formed in April 2016 collapsed in few months after a deadly gunfight inside the presidential palace that killed 300 elite bodyguards of both Kiir and rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar.