Juba, April 10, 2019 (SSNA) — South Sudanese main opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar has arrived in the Vatican today for what the Vatican described as a “spiritual” retreat, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) has confirmed.
Machar arrival happens a day after his rival, President Salva Kiir, arrived in the Vatican.
The meeting between, which was planned and organized by Pope Francis, is aimed at ending the civil war which has killed nearly 400,000 people.
Both the government and rebel leaderships said talks will focus on many issues but mainly on implementing the September 2018 peace agreement.
The retreat is expected to last for two days.