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South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir says he is ready to talk to rebel leader Riek Machar face- to- face.

In a statement released by the Kenyan presidency on Friday, President Kiir said that he was ready to hold talks to try to end more than four months of violence.

President Salva Kiir

Kiir was in Kenya to brief regional leaders shortly after meeting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in the South Sudanese capital Juba.

“In the interest of peace in our country, I am willing and ready for face-to-face talks with Machar,” Kiir was quoted as saying.Kerry, on an African trip, earlier phoned Machar to urge him to attend the talks, a U.S. official told Reuters. The rebel leader did not make any commitments to go, but also did not rule it out, the official added.