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German FM calls for inclusive national dialogue

Minister Sigmar Gabriel [center] addresses media after meeting Pres. Salva Kiir in Juba on Aug 10, 2017 | Photo | Obaj Okuj/Eye Radio

The visiting Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany has urged President Salva Kiir to involve all the political parties in the ongoing national dialogue process in order to achieve lasting peace in the country.

Minister Sigmar Gabriel arrived in Juba this morning.

He met with President Salva Kiir over a number of issues including, National Dialogue, Humanitarian situation and revitalization of the peace agreement.

Mr. Gabriel says it is very important to integrate the opposition in the national dialogue.

“We need to involve and include all stakeholders here – all parties in this process – and we need to promote the integration of the opposition into this as well,” he told the media the meeting.

“I think we need to also send important messages of understanding.”

Mr. Gabriel also stated that President Kiir has assured him that he will release from prison “those who had supported the rebels” in order to join the peace process.

“I believed this is very important for political reconciliation,” the foreign minister, who will return this afternoon, added.

Germany is one of the countries that immediately recognized the independence of South Sudan in July 2011.

Besides, its role in the peace process, Germany is helping in the humanitarian and infrastructure sectors.