JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
South Sudan confirmed on Tuesday that at least
four African leaders will attend the much-anticipated peace
celebrations slated for Wednesday in Juba.
Michael Makuei Lueth,
minister of information, told journalists in Juba that the
leaders from the regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority
on Development (IGAD) have confirmed they will attend the peace
celebrations to mark the end of the more than four years of
He said President
Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir, Somalia’s
Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed and Ethiopian President Sahle-Work
Zewde will attend the fete.
He disclosed that
other dignitaries will include Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa
Madbouly and Nasser Bourita, Moroccan Minister of Foreign
Affairs as well as delegations from Nigeria and South Africa.
Makuei said they had
expected several African Heads of States and Government but
conceded that this has not been possible due to the ongoing
meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel with some African
presidents in Germany under a forum to encourage private
investment in Africa.
leader Riek Machar who signed a final peace agreement with
President Salva Kiir in September in Ethiopia will also be
attending the peace celebrations after more than two years in
Machar fled Juba in
the wake of renewed violence in July 2016 and he is expected to
return to his former post of First Vice President.
descended into civil war in July 2013 and the conflict has
created one of the fastest growing refugee crises in the world.
A peace agreement
signed in 2015 to end the violence was again violated in July
2016 when the rival factions resumed fighting in the capital,
Juba, forcing Machar to flee into exile.
The UN estimates that about 4 million South Sudanese have been
displaced internally and externally.