President Kiir advocates for peace in the East African region amid tensions

President Kiir emphasizes the importance of unity and cooperation in promoting regional peace and stability amid rising tensions in East Africa.

South Sudan Presidential Press Unit

President Salva Kiir Mayardit has returned to Juba following a productive two-day peace tour within the East African Community. During his trip, President Kiir, serving as the Chairperson of the regional bloc, engaged in discussions with Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Évariste Ndayishimiye of Burundi to enhance inter-state relations and bolster regional peace efforts amidst escalating tensions.

In his capacity as the Chairperson of the regional bloc, President Kiir held discussions with his counterparts – Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Évariste Ndayishimiye of Burundi – on approaches to deepen inter-partner state relations and improve regional peace and security,” the presidential press unit said in a statement published on Facebook.

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Addressing the pressing need for peace and stability in the region, especially in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, President Kiir urged EAC leaders to prioritise efforts towards maintaining a harmonious and secure environment. Dr. James Pitia Morgan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, highlighted the President’s focus on promoting peace and cooperation among member states during the high-level meetings held throughout the tour.


First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny and other top government officials welcomed President Kiir warmly when he arrived at Juba International Airport, demonstrating the leadership’s cohesion and collaborative spirit as they work to promote regional stability and prosperity.

President Kiir officially took on the role of chair of the EAC, a regional economic bloc, in November 2023. Kiir succeeded Burundi’s President, Evariste Ndayishimiye.

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