KHARTOUM, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is to visit Juba, capital of South Sudan on Monday, official Sudan radio reported.
"President al-Bashir will travel to Juba on Monday to meet with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit to review a solution for the conflict there," the report said.
During the past weeks, South Sudan has witnessed clashes between two military factions, one descending from the Dinka tribe, to which President Kiir belongs, and the other descending from the Nuer tribe, to which former vice president Riek Machar belongs.
The clashes have left more than 1,000 people dead and over 121, 600 civilians displaced. And some 63,000 others took refuge at various UN compounds around the country, according to UN reports.
Recently, the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development ( IGAD) announced that official peace talks opened between the South Sudanese rivals in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.
KHARTOUM, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Special Representative of the Chinese government for African affairs Zhong Jianhua on Sunday held talks in Khartoum with Sudanese officials over bilateral relations and the developments in South Sudan, according to Xinhua correspondent in Khartoum.
Zhong met with Sudanese First Vice-President Bakri Hassan Salih and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Full story
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- The United States on Saturday urged the warring parties in South Sudan to achieve "rapid, tangible" progress in ending their conflicts through direct talks, stressing there is no military solution.
The appeal from State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf came as forces loyal to South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar were set to start talks on Sunday in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. Full story