Sudan is lobbying the rest of member states in regional bloc IGAD to allow embattled South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar to relocate to Djibouti, Dutch-funded Radio Tamazuj reported on its website quoting a leaked document.
The South Sudanese rebel leader who is currently under house detention in South Africa reportedly told Sudanese and Ethiopian diplomats during a maiden visit last week that he cannot negotiate peace revitalization while under house arrest.
Sudan Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour and his Ethiopian counterpart Workneh Gebeyehu met Machar in Pretoria, as part of consultative discussions with warring parties ahead of the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF). His spokesperson Lam Kuei Lam would later tell journalists that they “held a fruitful consultation meeting on Revitalization or Resuscitation of the August collapsed agreement.”
The meeting follows a series of media reports that both Sudan and Ethiopia are lobbying the region to release the rebel leader who has been in detention for close to a year under the instruction of IGAD. Machar’s
Media reports indicate that Machar’s release topped discussion when Desalegn visited his Sudanese counterpart Omar el-Bashir in August.
Radio Tamazuj also quote the report pointing out that President Salva Kiir said during his recent meeting with foreign ministers of IGAD countries in Juba that he will no longer guarantee Riek Machar’s safely if he were to relocate to South Sudan.