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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday held talks with President Salva Kiir Mayardit of the Republic of South Sudan in Pretoria.

Deputy President Ramaphosa, in his capacity as Special Envoy to South Sudan, said he was satisfied that peace is taking hold over the newest country in Africa. The East African country has been beset with conflict between government and opposition forces.

South Africa has been instrumental in negotiating peace to stabilise South Sudan through its participation in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Plus Peace Process, and the inter-party process led by the African National Congress and Chama Cha Mapinduzi of Tanzania.

Deputy President Ramaphosa met with the First Vice President of South Sudan, Taban Deng Gai, on 13 September, where he was briefed on recent developments in that country, including the fighting that took place in July, which resulted in the death of many soldiers and the subsequent flight of Dr Riek Machar, the former First Vice President.

Briefing media after talks with President Kiir on Thursday, Deputy President Ramaphosa said the discussions proceeded well. He said he is satisfied with the effort that the government of South Sudan is making to stabilise the nation.

President Kiir is on a working visit in the country and he will meet President Jacob Zuma on Friday. The two Heads of State are expected to review bilateral cooperation between the two countries, as well as the latest regional political and security developments on the continent.

Earlier this year, Deputy President Ramaphosa visited Sudan for discussions to consolidate unity within the ranks of the ruling Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM).

Deputy President Ramaphosa has worked alongside the Secretary-General of Tanzania’s ruling party, Abdulrahman Kinana, for the restoration of unity within the ranks of the SPLM as a precursor to the creation of peace and stability in South Sudan and the formation of a unity government in the capital, Juba.