The meeting was announced by Rwanda’s Presidency but didn’t reveal areas of discussion.
Awut Deng Acuil was in Rwanda at a time when his country’s political opponent, Riek Machar went to Juba to meet President Salva Kiir.
Kiir and Machar talks are meant to assess the implementation of peace talks between the government and the opposition.
Machar fled the country on July 2016 after his forces clashed with Kiir’s. This is the second time Machar has come to Juba since 2016, aside from a peace celebration last October.
Based on the agreement, which was signed in Addis Ababa in September 2018 under the mediation of East Africa’s eight-nation trading and security bloc Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the South Sudanese government and opposition should have formed a transitional government in May leading to elections in 30 months.
The pre-transitional period was extended by another six months through Nov. 12, but many issues remain pending, particularly concerning security arrangements, federal state formation, and military movement.
South Sudan slid into crisis when Kiir sacked Machar as vice president in December 2013 on suspicion of plotting a coup, followed by a protracted civil war that claimed the lives of tens of thousands and forced 4 million people to flee their homes.
Before a 2018 peace deal, five years of fighting between the two leaders crippled the country, with millions displaced and almost 400,000 people die from violence and disease.
Awut Deng Acuil who met with President Kagame was appointed South Sudan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations 21 ago replacing Nhial Deng Nhial. She was previously the Minister of Gender.
Rwanda supports South Sudan in peace operations with deployed police and military forces in UN missions.
President Kagame also met with Damian Halloran, the Vice President of Infectious Disease Emerging Markets at Abbott Rapid Diagnostics and delegation and Gabonese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alain Claude Bilié Bi Nzé and his delegation yesterday.