Machar says Museveni agreed to withdraw UPDF


Museveni and Machar in Khartoum

South Sudan’s rebel chief, Riek Machar, says Uganda has accepted to withdraw its troops from South Sudan.

According to Radio Tamazuj, this was during Machar’s meeting with Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, at Corinthian Hotel in Khartoum on Tuesday.

The meeting was held in the presence of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

In a Thursday statement to the Khartoum-based Al Jareeda newspaper, Machar stated that he asked the Ugandan president to withdraw his troops from South Sudan.

The rebel leader pointed out that Museveni has accepted to pull out the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) from the South Sudanese territory, but he did not disclose the timeframe for the withdrawal.

On Wednesday, President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and Museveni reiterated their support to the recently signed peace agreement in South Sudan.

In a joint communiqué issued at the end of Museveni’s visit to Khartoum, the two leaders vowed to exert the necessary efforts to bring stability to the new nation, saying both countries were directly affected by the South Sudan conflict.

The two presidents also reiterated their commitment to exert efforts to prevent the resumption of hostilities in neighboring South Sudan.

Museveni meets Machar

The South Sudanese rebel leader arrived in Khartoum on Tuesday, according to a statement issued by his official spokesman, James Gatdet Dak.

Gatdet Dak said his boss was scheduled to meet al-Bashir to discuss the implementation of the peace agreement.

Yesterday, we contacted Dak on Museveni’s meeting with Machar but he refrained from commenting.

According to sources, Museveni urged Bashir to help South Sudan and Uganda stay in good relationship.

He believed South Sudan’s economy will recover after the implementation of the IGAD PLUS peace deal.

Museveni admitted that South Sudan, at this point on a war, has no official or professional army, police, and other security organs, saying this too needed to be addressed.

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