President Kenyatta travels to Addis for summit on South Sudan

Renewed hostilities undermined a peace deal signed last August between parties involved in the South Sudan conflict. Plane carrying Mr Kenyatta departed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 1.00 pm.

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South Sudanese soldiers secure a road near Juba's airport on August 26, 2014. President Kenyatta has on August 5, 2016 travelled to Ethiopia at attend summit on fresh fighting in South Sudan. PHOTO | AFP| NATION MEDIA

Fresh fighting erupted in Juba last month between forces loyal to President Kiir and Riek Machar.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has travelled to Addis Ababa for Igad Summit on violence in South Sudan as African leaders push for lasting peace solutions in the young nation.

Fresh fighting erupted in Juba early last month between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his then First Vice President Riek Machar, threatening to move South Sudan back to civil war. The renewed hostilities undermined a peace deal signed last August between parties involved in the South Sudan conflict.

Presidents Kenyatta, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn helped mediate the negotiations that culminated in the signing of the peace agreement. The plane carrying Mr Kenyatta departed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 1.00 pm.

The president was seen off at the JKIA by the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government Joseph Nkaissery and other senior government officials.