Vatican City, 09 January, 2020 / 2:39 am (ACI Africa).
With the countdown to the possible formation of South Sudan’s unity government into the last full month after the latest 100-day extension, a group of opposition leaders is currently in Rome for a meeting under the auspices of Sant’Egidio Catholic community, a lay Catholic association dedicated to the provision of social services and arbitrating conflicts, ACI Africa has confirmed.
Sant’Egidio community has commissioned representatives to South Sudan multiple times in the last couple of years and convened meetings in partnership with South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) both in Juba and in Rome in view of facilitating reconciliation and peace in the world’s youngest nation.
Although details of the ongoing meeting are yet to be divulged, a Vatican source in contact with Sant’Egidio Catholic community, the host of the South Sudanese politicians, told ACI Africa Wednesday, January 8, “I've contacted them; I've got the confirmation that the meeting is taking place. There is a briefing with the leaders.”
Asked about the agenda of the meeting and the identity of the South Sudanese in attendance, the source said that the contact persons at Sant’Egidio Catholic community “do not want to give information yet” and that it is still “too early.”
“They promised to keep us informed,” the Vatican-based source told ACI Africa.