Uganda’s Vice President Alupo meets President Salva Kiir, pledges Uganda’s renewed commitment to the S.Sudan Peace Process

January 5, 2023.
Vice President Alupo, currently on a working visit to the Republic of S.Sudan has said that Uganda’s efforts to the S.Sudan peace process will continue as the country seeks to end years of conflict.
The Vice President was speaking at a meeting with
President Salva Kiir  at State House Juba this evening.
She congratulated President Kiir upon hosting the ecumenical peace pilgrimage that saw Pope Francis make a two day visit; the first ever, at such a level.

The Vice President expressed Uganda’s gratitude for the invitation to meet with the Pope, who used the occassion to drum up peace efforts and called on warring factions to end the war.
Uganda is the guarantor of the South Sudan peace agreement  that was signed in September 2018 between Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, who is the country’s 1st Vice President.
South Sudan formed a unity government in 2020 promising to end fighting and hostilities between forces  loyal to  Salva Kiir and Dr.Riek Machar.

The Pope’s visit is referenced back to April 2019, when he, alongside  other religious leaders, including the Most Rev. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury; and  Rev. John Chalmers, the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, hosted what was called a _spiritual retreat_ at the Vatican in which  leaders of different rival factions from S.Sudan attended.
Recently, President Museveni attended the first batch of unified forces of the S.Sudan, involving both the national army and the police services, where he called for national interests, and not politics of identity.
President Museveni is quoted to have said  “there is need to have lasting peace in order for South Sudan to develop, there is need to focus on interests not identity”, while calling the forces  “progressive forces to build the country towards sustainable development based on interests and not identity.”
At the meeting today, two leaders agreed to deepen the already existing bilateral ties between the two countries, with increased trade,among others.
In attendance were the Minister of Presidential Affairs of the Republic of S.Sudan-Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the Ambassador of Uganda to S.Sudan-Brig Ronnie Balya and several other Government officials.
OVP Press Team

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