Cyril Ramaphosa visits South Sudan

FILE PICTURE: President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

FILE PICTURE: President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will pay a working visit to South Sudan on Wednesday, as part of ongoing efforts to help create peace and stability in that country, his office said.

“Deputy President Ramaphosa’s visit comes within the context of ongoing consultations with the regional leadership on the peace process in South Sudan which is led by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD),” spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa said on Tuesday.

Ramaphosa was expected to hold discussions with President Salva Kiir and leaders of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement on the intra-party dialogue.

“South Africa has committed itself to working with other regional organisations, particularly the IGAD and the African Union, in consolidating peace and stability in South Sudan while addressing the humanitarian challenges facing the country,” Mamoepa said.

Ramaphosa is expected in Juba, South Sudan on Wednesday and following his visit there he will proceed to Addis Ababa to meet African Union Commission chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

On Thursday he will travel to Kampala and Dar es Salaam for further consultations on the peace process with President Yoweri Museveni and President Jakaya Kikwete respectively.

Ramaphosa is expected to return to South Africa on Friday.


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