South Sudan

Inside Gen Taban Deng’s Historic Trip to Khartoum

In what appears a major diplomatic offensive to isolate South Sudan rebel leader, capsule Dr Riek Machar, the country’s First Vice President Gen Taban Deng Gai has visited Khartoum, Sudan.

The Sunday trip came just days after Taban met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Kenya.

Taban briefed Kenyatta on the recent political developments in the war-torn country.

He had earlier led the South Sudan Government delegation to the Addis Ababa summit known as IGAD-Plus.

ChimpReports understands that Taban, who replaced Machar after the July clashes at the presidential palace in which 300 soldiers died, received a red-carpet treatment in Khartoum.

Taban went ahead to hold bilateral talks with Sudan’s First Vice President Hassan Saleh.

Gen Taban has previously reiterated his commitment to the implementation of the Peace Agreement.

“He went to Khartoum to deliver the message of peace and discuss more issues with our neighbor country-Sudan in terms of good relations between the two countries,” said a Foreign Affairs official in Juba.


Taban’s visit to Khartoum is historic considering that President Omar-Al Bashir is a known supporter of Dr Riek Machar who is said to be hiding in the democratic Republic of Congo.

Machar, a historic member of SPLA’s top leadership, had defected to Sudan before returning to Juba as the country prepared for independence.

Machar’s presence in the South Sudan’s top leadership was seen as Sudan’s counter balance against Uganda’s interests in the new country.

Machar, whose rebellion against President Salva Kiir raged for two bloody years, also was seen by many as representing Bashir’s security interests in Juba.

With the moderate Gen Taban in charge of the opposition forces in South Sudan, Juba is keen on ensuring Sudan does not become restless.

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