Pres Kiir invites peace guarantors for graduation of forces
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Ethiopian Prime Minister – Abiy Ahmed are among the top dignitaries from the region who are expected to grace the first batch of graduates of Necessary Unified Forces.
South Sudan will graduate the force on August 30, as the country works towards the implantation of the revitalised agreement.
The two were invited by President Salva Kiir to witness the graduation of more than 50,000 forces.
Presidential Affairs Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin personally conveyed Kiir’s message to Museveni, on August 24, during his visit to Kampala.
Uganda is one of the peace guarantors.
“We were able to meet HE president Museveni to deliver a message and a letter from his excellency president Salva Kiir Mayardit inviting his excellency to attend the graduation of unified forces that will take place on the 30th of August 2022 in Juba,” Marial said.
He reiterated that the President welcomes the invitation and is more than willing to travel to Juba and be part of the celebration.
“His excellency president Museveni received the message with great appreciation and indicated he will be communicating with his excellency [President Salva] on possibilities of his attendance,” he added.
Kiir also extended a similar invite to Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
The message to Addis Ababa was delivered by Elia Lomoro, the Minister of Cabinet Affairs.