PRETORIA– President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the participation of Dr Riek Machar Teny, the chairperson of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/A-In-Opposition (SPLM/A-IO), in the High Level Revitalisation talks aimed at ending the civil war in South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation.

The talks are being facilitated by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the eight-nation Horn of Africa Grouping currently chaired by Ethiopia and the consultations are taking place in Addis Ababa.

President Ramaphosa said here Wednesday that Machar’s participation in the talks was a step towards finding solutions to the challenges in South Sudan.

The President commends IGAD countries for their tireless efforts in pursuit of a lasting and sustainable solution to the challenges facing South Sudan. In this regard, he welcomes and fully supports the latest efforts aimed at revitalising the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS),a statement from the Presidency said.

On Sunday, President Ramaphosa had consulted with the Heads of State and government of IGAD countries on the peace process in South Sudan and expressed concern about the continued instability in South Sudan which had resulted in a humanitarian crisis and displacement of people.

He also called on all stakeholders to do everything in their power to stop the violence and commit to a constructive dialogue.

President Ramaphosa has re-affirmed South Africa’s commitment to continue working with IGAD and the African Union to assist the people of South Sudan to achieve lasting peace, stability and development, said the Presidency.