South Sudan: H.E Kiir Meets Heads of State On the Margins of the AU Meeting

Addis Ababa — As an initiative from Nigerian President H.E Good luck Jonathan, six heads of states of Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, South Africa, South Sudan and Sudan held a summit yesterday on 27 January 2013 evening in the margins of the African Union 20th Ordinary Session of Assembly.

The initiative aimed to support the resolution of the African Union Peace and Security Council urging the two sides to implement the Cooperation Agreement and accept the AU/HIP Proposal on the final status of Abyei area.

According to Chief Negotiator of South Sudan Mr. Pagan Amum, the six heads of state summit agreed to organize another meeting very soon. The meeting charged the foreign ministers of the six states in coordination with chief negotiators of the two parties to discuss a venue and time for the coming proposed meeting of the summit.

President Kiir in addition to that held side meetings with the President of Equatorial Guinea and discussed bilateral relations as well as the role the country can play in supporting the implementation of all the agreements signed with Khartoum.

Mr Amum also disclosed that President Kiir will also in the margins of the AU Summit sign a number of agreements for the establishment of bilateral and diplomatic relationships with a number of African countries including Benin.

President Kiir also met with UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon and discussed the latest progress on the agreement.

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