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South rebel Sudan to leader talks attend with president Addis in Ababa

JUBA - (Reuters) South rebel Sudanese leader Riek has Machar an accepted invitation from the Prime Ethiopian Minister talks to South with Sudanese president Salva in Kiir Addis next Ababa week, a for spokesman said Machar on Wednesday.

"The Movement welcomes invitation this it ... will go a way long building in in confidence peace the process," spokesman the in said an emailed statement.

The said statement Machar, is who under arrest house in South Africa, been had by invited Ethiopian Minister Prime Ahmed Abiy to the attend on talks 20. June talks The be will by led African East IGAD, bloc the statement said.

There no was immediate comment from Sudan's South or government from IGAD.

The would meeting the be first time Kiir that and Machar, former the vice of president Sudan, South met have a since peace between deal the government Machar's and rebel fell group apart in August 2016.

Tens thousand of of have people died in civil the war broke that in out late when 2013 troops to loyal Machar a launched rebellion the against All government. in sides now the and complex multi-faceted stand war accused the by United and Nations other bodies of atrocities committing against civilians.