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Uhuru headed to Ethiopia for IGAD Summit on South Sudan

President Uhuru Kenyatta (second left) with presidents Salva Kiir of South Sudan (right), Yoweri Museveni of Uganda (second right), and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at State House, Nairobi. The leaders helped mediate the negotiations that culminated in the signing of the peace agreement. FILE PHOTO | PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta (second left) with presidents Salva Kiir of South Sudan (right), Yoweri Museveni of Uganda (second right), and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at State House, Nairobi. The three leaders helped mediate negotiations that culminated in the signing of the peace agreement. FILE PHOTO | PSCU 

President Uhuru Kenyatta this afternoon travelled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend an IGAD Summit on South Sudan.

Mr Kenyatta will join other leaders in the latest regional push for a lasting solution to the challenges facing the world’s youngest nation.

Fresh fighting erupted in Juba early last month between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his then First Vice President Riek Machar, threatening to move South Sudan back to civil war.

The renewed hostilities undermined a peace deal signed last August between the parties involved in the South Sudan conflict.

Presidents Kenyatta, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn helped mediate the negotiations that culminated in the signing of the peace agreement.

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The plane carrying President Kenyatta departed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 1.00 p.m.

He was seen off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by the Cabinet Minister for Interior and Coordination of National Government, Joseph Nkaissery, and other senior State officials.

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