President Yoweri Museveni is among the African leaders who attended a multilateral meeting with the United States of America President Barack Obama in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The meeting took place at the Sheraton Addis Ababa Hotel.
President Obama paid glowing tribute to the African leaders present for their efforts to address the situation in South Sudan. He thanked them for their outstanding efforts in resolving the conflict.
Obama’s meeting in Ethiopia comes as an Aug. 17 deadline to reach a deal approaches according to reports.
South Sudan was thrown into conflict in December 2013 by a clash between forces loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir.
The youngest nation in the world which gained independence from Sudan in 2011, was wrecked by fighting that left thousands killed and forced more than 2 million to flee their homes since December 2013.
Uganda immediately deployed its troops to avert a possible genocide and humanitarian crisis in the region.
The closed door meeting was attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and the host Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn of Ethiopia.
Others present were the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sudan, Prof. Ibrahim Ahmed Ghandour and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Mrs. Nkosozana Dlamini Zuma.