Africa Live : Rebel leader returns to South Sudan

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Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and Sudan President Omar al-Bashir have arrived in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, coinciding with the return of rebel leader Riek Machar after his two years in exile.

South Sudan is celebrating Peace Day today, two months after President Salva Kiir and Mr Machar agreed to a ceasefire deal to end a five-year civil war.

A UN-run radio station has tweeted a picture of the arrival of Somalia’s leader.

Two years ago Riek Machar fled South Sudan on foot during heavy fighting between his troops and government forces.

On Wednesday morning he was received as a dignitary at the airport in Juba.

Mr Machar’s spokesman said the former first-vice-president would be arriving without his own security despite concerns for his safety.

Lam Paul Gabriel told the Associated Press that this return was a sign of his commitment to peace.

He will join his rival President Salva Kiir at South Sudan’s Peace Day celebrations today, but even with the recent peace deal they signed in August, their troops are still fighting in parts of the country.

This week the World Food Programme said that continued violence between both sides was blocking the deliveries of food aid to areas where it was desperately needed.

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