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S. Sudan President Kiir in Addis Ababa for talks with Machar: officials

Riek Machar (L), South Sudanese rebel leader, is greeted by a South Sudanese delegation upon his arrival at Addis Ababa airport on May 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ZACHARIAS ABUBEKER

ADDIS ABABA: South Sudan president Salva Kiir arrived on Friday in Ethiopia's capital for the first face-to-face talks with rebel leader Riek Machar since the conflict erupted in mid December, officials in his delegation at the talks said.

Machar arrived in Addis Ababa on Thursday. Kiir sacked Machar as deputy president in July, reigniting their long-running political feud that sparked fighting in mid-December that has killed thousands of people.

 

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