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Obama meets Museveni, Kenyetta and Ms Zuma over S. Sudan

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US President Baraka Obama and Eastern African leaders meet in Addis Ababa over South Sudan.
US President Baraka Obama and East African leaders meet in Addis Ababa over South Sudan.

KAMPALA-President Yoweri Museveni is in Addis Ababa for African Union Summit where African leaders and American President Barack Obama discussed the South Sudan conflict.

The newly appointed press secretary, Ms Linda Nabusayi told Eagle Online on Monday President Museveni held a multilateral meeting with Mr Obama, Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and the Chairperson of the African Union commission, Ms Dlamini Zuma.

“He has so far held multilateral closed meeting with President Baraka Obama, Uhuru Kenyatta, Susan Rice, Ethiopian Prime minister and AU Commissioner Zuma,” Ms Nabusayi said.

Uganda deployed forces to prop up the beleaguered government of Salvar Kiir but the opposition has called for withdraw of Ugandans, saying Uganda is “illegally interfering” with the internal affairs of South Sudan.

But Ugandan government has insisted its troops would withdraw if the recently deployed regional force under Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is fully equipped.

Uganda’s Defence Minister Cripus Kiyonga said last week Kenya, Ethiopia and Rwanda had deployed troops but the force lacks logistics.

The Addis Ababa meeting comes at a time when top South Sudan officials and senior rebel commanders are facing sanctions if the warring parties fail to end the war that has displaced millions of people in the youngest country in Africa.

A U.S. official was quoted agencies saying sanctions or other penalties could be considered if the two sides failed to reach a peace deal by an August 17 deadline. Previous deadlines have been ignored, deepening the crisis in the world’s newest nation.




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