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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the President’s Multilateral Meeting on South Sudan and Regional Counterterrorism Issues

The President met on July 27 with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour, and African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss South Sudan, Somalia, and regional counterterrorism issues.  The leaders discussed the devastating consequences that the conflict in South Sudan is having on the people of South Sudan and on regional peace and stability.  The leaders agreed that President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar must conclude an agreement under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) by August 17.  The leaders also discussed the importance of cooperation on regional counterterrorism issues, including the need to support the African Union Mission in Somalia and to strengthen Somali governance institutions.