South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar and his rival President Salva Kiir will hold talks in Ethiopia.
Riek Machar accepted an invitation from the Ethiopian Prime Minister for further talks with President Kiir in Addis Ababa.
A spokesman for Machar said on Wednesday that his boss will attend the talks planned for next week.
Machar’s spokesperson said “The Movement welcomes this invitation. It will go a long way in building confidence in the peace process.”
Where is Machar?
Riek Machar fled South Sudan after falling out with his former boss, Salva Kiir is under house arrest in South Africa.
Next week’s meeting will be the first time both leaders will be meeting after signing a peace deal three years ago. The deal never materialized.
Regional bloc efforts
The upcoming talks, a move by the Ethiopian prime minister, has the support of the regional grouping IGAD.
Efforts are meant to mediate and get parties to seal a new deal. The plan is for the country to return to a power sharing agreement and ending the war.
Thousands of people have died in the 2013 civil war after troops loyal to the rebel Machar clashed with government troops.