South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar and wife Angelina Tang meet with Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir on August 10, 2014 in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, as a deadline passed to end months of civil war in the South. (AFP/Ebrahim Hamid)
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South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar held talks with Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir Sunday as a deadline passed to end months of civil war in the South.Machar is on his first visit to Khartoum since December when his forces and those loyal to President Salva Kiir began the war which three cease-fires have failed to end.During the 1983-2005 Sudanese civil war which led to South Sudan's independence three years ago, Machar fought at varying times for both pro-independence rebels and for Sudan's government in Khartoum.Despite the South's separation, Khartoum and Juba have common interests, most notably oil, Kau Nak, charge d'affaires at the South's embassy in Khartoum, said ahead of Machar's visit.Machar's delegation said he would leave Sudan on Monday after meeting Vice-President Bakri Hassan Saleh and political party representatives.
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