The meeting between South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar did not end in dreadlock as many had feared. The two leaders met in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, on Thursday, March 11, 2023, to discuss issues related to the implementation of the peace agreement signed in 2018. The meeting was the first between the two leaders in almost a year and a half.
There had been concerns that the meeting could end in dreadlock due to the longstanding tensions between Kiir and Machar. The two leaders have been at odds since the start of the civil war in South Sudan in 2013, which has claimed the lives of thousands of people and displaced millions more.
The fears of dreadlock were fueled by recent clashes between government forces and rebel groups in various parts of the country, as well as the ongoing political instability in South Sudan. There were concerns that the meeting could escalate tensions and lead to further violence.
However, to the relief of many, the meeting between Kiir and Machar ended peacefully. The two leaders reportedly discussed ways to address the key challenges facing South Sudan, including security, governance, and the humanitarian situation.
In a joint statement issued after the meeting, the two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the peace agreement and expressed their determination to work together to implement it fully. They also called on all parties to respect the ceasefire and to refrain from any actions that could lead to renewed conflict.
The meeting between Kiir and Machar has been widely welcomed by the international community, which has been closely monitoring the situation in South Sudan. The United Nations, the African Union, and other organizations have all expressed their support for the peace process and called on all parties to work together to achieve lasting peace and stability in the country.
The fact that the meeting did not end in dreadlock is a positive sign for the future of South Sudan. While there are still many challenges to be overcome, the willingness of Kiir and Machar to engage in dialogue and work together towards a common goal is a promising development. It is hoped that this meeting will pave the way for further progress in the peace process and ultimately lead to a more stable and prosperous South Sudan.