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Spokesman James Gatdet Dak said on Thursday that South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar is travelling to Ethiopia, and is committed to meeting President Salva Kiir there. The meeting will be for the first face-to-face talks since fighting erupted more than four months ago. In the first comments from the rebel side confirming Machar would attend Friday’s meeting, Dak told Reuters that Machar “will arrive shortly” in Addis Ababa. He said Machar would meet Kiir after first meeting with the host, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

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