President Uhuru Kenyatta’s special envoy to South Sudan, Mr Raila Odinga flew to the capital Juba for peace negotiations.
Odinga held a seven-hour meeting with President Salva Kiir. The two leaders reportedly discussed ways of resolving the civil war that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions.
Meanwhile the Machar-led rebels welcomed the involvement of Odinga in the negotiations for peace in the war-hit nation.
The seasoned Kenyan opposition politician is scheduled to travel to South Africa to meet the exiled former South Sudanese first vice-president Riek Machar.
“We are aware that Raila met President Salva Kiir in Juba, and we are looking forward to a meeting with Dr Machar too. We hope that this initiative is further helped by Kenya by authorising Raila to try and bridge the gap,” Henry Odwar, a member of the Machar-led group.
The rebels however, insist that Machar, who is in South Africa, be released and allowed to sit in the talks. They have said that this would reduce the time needed to bring calm to South Sudan.