KHARTOUM, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Monday left for Juba in an official visit to hold talks with his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir Mayardit, official SUNA news agency reported.
"Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir left for Juba Monday morning, leading a high-level delegation, in an official one-day visit to hold talks with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit and members of his government," the report said.
Al-Bashir is accompanied by Minister of the Presidency Salah Wanasi, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Karti, Minister of Defense Abdul-Rahim Mohamed Hussein, Minister of Petroleum Mekawi Mohamed Awad and Chief of Intelligence and Security Service Mohamed Atta al-Moula.
On Sunday, Sudan's official radio reported that al-Bashir would travel to Juba to meet with Kiir to "review a solution for the conflict there."
During the past weeks, South Sudan 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, over 121, 600 civilians displaced, forcing some 63,000 others to take refuge at various UN compounds around the country, according to UN reports.
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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