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JUBA - 30 Aug 2016

Kenyan President visits Juba to push for peace

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta visited South Sudan on Tuesday to discuss how to move the country forward in its peace deal.

He was the first head of state to visit the country after the recent fighting in July, and comes just days before the United Nations Security Council is expected to visit South Sudan.

"I am glad to have seen for myself that after the unfortunate incident that took place a few weeks ago, it looks like everything is back to normal, there is peace in Juba," Kenyatta said at J1. "We are here to encourage and give support, to ask the government to push the peace agreement and the reforms that were agreed,"

President Kiir said the visit showed strong leadership in East Africa.

"For Presidnet Uhuru to come to Juba as the first head of state after our crisis, it shows that the regional leadership is with us, and they are very concerned about the situation in South Sudan," Kiir said.