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President Kiir Advocates for Peace and Unity at the 37th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa

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President Kiir of South Sudan has returned home following his participation in the 37th Ordinary Summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Accompanied by his delegation, President Kirr, who also serves as the chair of the East African Community bloc, utilized the four-day summit to advocate for dialogue among African nations, specifically calling on Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to engage in peaceful discussions. Amid tensions, with the DRC accusing Rwanda of supporting the M23 rebel group—a claim Rwanda denies—relations have deteriorated, leading to the DRC severing trade relations with Rwanda, halting commercial flights, and recalling its ambassador. Despite these challenges and accusations from Western powers against Rwanda for allegedly backing the M23 rebels, which Kigali refutes, the discord has prompted political strife within the region.

During his address at the summit, President Kiir emphasized the importance of promoting peace and stability in the region, in line with the African Union’s objectives. He also shed light on the conflict in Sudan, which has displaced over 1,200 people to neighboring countries. A recent United Nations report warns of a looming food shortage for countries hosting Sudanese refugees if the conflict persists. President Kirr urged the United Nations to increase its support for Sudan and its neighbors to ensure ongoing aid for the refugees.

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