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President Kenyatta in Addis Ababa for IGAD Summit

The 28th Extra-ordinary Summit of the IGAD Heads of State and Government comes on the heels of a consultative summit on the status of the South Sudan peace talks held in Juba last month/FILE

The 28th Extra-ordinary Summit of the IGAD Heads of State and Government comes on the heels of a consultative summit on the status of the South Sudan peace talks held in Juba last month/FILE

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Nov 6 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to join other regional leaders for an Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Summit on South Sudan.

The 28th Extra-ordinary Summit of the IGAD Heads of State and Government comes on the heels of a consultative summit on the status of the South Sudan peace talks held in Juba last month.

At the Juba meeting, the IGAD leaders appreciated the progress in the peace process and urged the involved parties to continue mediation until all outstanding issues are resolved.

Thursday’s meeting is expected to thrash out the outstanding issues to clear the way for an end to the crisis facing Africa’s youngest nation.

President Kenyatta is attending the meeting in his dual capacity as chairperson of the East African community and IGAD’s rapporteur for the resolution of the South Sudan conflict.

The plane carrying the President and his entourage touched down at Bole International Airport shortly after 11am. He was received by senior Ethiopian Government officials and the Kenyan Ambassador to Ethiopia Catherine Mwangi.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed arrived on Wednesday evening to prepare the ground for the IGAD summit.

As Kenya’s Foreign Secretary, she has played a leading role in peace and humanitarian initiatives in South Sudan.

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