President Uhuru Kenyatta has departed for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend an IGAD Summit on South Sudan.
President Kenyatta will join other leaders at the Addis Ababa meeting in the latest regional effort to 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 Mayardit and his then First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar, threatening to move South Sudan back to civil war.
The renewed hostilities undermined a peace deal signed last August between parties involved in the South Sudan conflict. Presidents Kenyatta and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn helped mediate the negotiations that culminated in the signing of the peace agreement.
The plane carrying President Kenyatta departed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 1.00 p.m.
The President was seen off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by the Cabinet Minister for Interior and Coordination of National Government, Joseph Nkaissery and other Senior Government officials.