Ethiopian prime minister, Eritrean president arrives in Juba for one-day visit

JUBA – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki have this morning arrived in the South Sudanese capital Juba for a one-day state visit, according to two sources at President Salva Kiir’s office.

“This is to confirm that Ethiopia prime minister H.E Dr.  Abiy Ahmed and  Eritrean President H.E Isaias Afwerki have just  arrived at Juba international airport,” said one source who is well informed of the visit.

“This is part of President Salva Kiir’s effort to negotiate between Sudan and Ethiopia in their dispute over border issues,” the official who requested not to be named said.

Another presidency official confirmed the visit and said the two leaders will discuss with President Salva Kiir issues of regional importance and peace.

“The three heads of states and government will discuss things pertaining regional peace and security and how to restore to diplomatic instrument and tools in resolving dispute border especially between Ethiopia and Sudan,” the official said.

The visit comes as Egyptian President Abdelfattah al Sisi arrives in the Sudanese capital Khartoum to discuss with his Sudanese counterpart Abdelfattah al Burhan issues pertaining to the Ethiopian Nile dam dispute.

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