Agreement reached on “some points” in South Sudan talks


South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar reached agreement on “some points” in peace talks in Khartoum, Sudan’s foreign minister said.

Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed said the points agreed on would be announced later.

Machar told reporters after meeting Kiir he demanded another 48 hours to consult with other South Sudanese opposition before signing any draft agreements.

The two leaders met on Monday for talks to end a civil war that broke out in 2013, less than two years after the country gained independence.

In another round of talks in Addis Ababa last week, South Sudan offered to allow a rebel representative to join its government, but personally ruled out Machar.

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir convened this week’s talks in Khartoum. Sudan has struggled economically since the oil-rich south seceded and is facing its worst budget crisis for years.