Juba, 9 September 2019; South Sudan's main opposition leader who is also the First Vice President designated, Dr. Riek Machar returns to Juba to meet South Sudan's President Salva Kiir.
Machar landed in Juba International Airport this morning; he was accompanied by Sudanese Military Deputy Council Lieutenant General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo.
Machar was received at Juba Airport by Presidential Adviser for Security Affairs Tut Gatluak before he was driven away to Presidential Palace amid heavy security.
Details of the closed-door meeting between Kiir and Machar remained tight, however, South Sudan cabinet affairs Minister Elia Lomoro told journalists in Juba, that the discussion mainly focused on assessing progress on the implementation of security arrangements.
“We reviewed progress on cantonment sites, we reviewed progress on supplies to cantonment sites and the process of screening,” says Elia Lomoro.
He further said, “We have made miles of positive things that are meeting towards the creation of unified forces before November,”
According to Lomoro, the two leaders will continue to discuss on Tuesday about the number of states and Dr. Machar will remain in Juba for two days.
Government official further revealed the parties to Khartoum peace agreement are working to achieve the training of the necessary unified forces before the formation of a transitional government in November.
“What we want to do is to have 3000 strong forces ready before the formation of a government of National Unity by 12 November,” said Lomoro.
The 3000 forces the official was referring to is according to the peace agreement, their main task is to protect the President, five Vice Presidents and other government VIP.
President Kiir's Security Advisor, Mr. Tut Gatluak, said the talks between Kiir and Machar were fruitful.
“The two leaders reviewed the peace agreement, I want to assure you that this year will be a year of peace in South Sudan,” said Tut Gatluak.
Meanwhile, Henry Odwar, who is also the deputy leader of SPLA-IO said that today’s meeting mainly focused on security arrangements.
“We deliberated on how we can fast-track so that the necessary forces of 83,000 will be realized before 11 November,” he said.