South Sudanese President Salva Kiir (L), South Sudan’s opposition leader Riek Machar (R) and Mohamed Hamdan Daglo (C)”Hemeti”, Sudan’s deputy head of the Transitional Military Council, hold hands together as they speak to media after their peace talk at the State House in Juba, South Sudan, on December 17, 2019. (Photo by Majak Kuany / AFP)

BOR, JONGLEI STATE – South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir and the country’s main former rebel leader Riek Machar have reached a deal on Tuesday to form a unity government by February dateline.

Kiir and Riek Machar, who is now opposition leader, met over the past three days in the capital Juba to resolve outstanding issues that prevented the formation of unity government in Nov. 12 deadline.

President Salva Kiir told media at presidential palace in Juba on Tuesday that the coalition government would be form in Febrary.

“I and mediators said that the government should be formed after 100 days and if there is anything that need to be implemented, we will have to give the responsibility to the next government becuase It is the government of national unity,” President Kiir said.

Meanwhile, opposition leader Riek Machar said they have discussed issues which includes number and boundaries of states and security arrangements.

“We have reached the level that next week we have to ensure that forces are cantoned at the cantonment sites for training,” Risk Machar said.

Riek said the assemble areas would include Gorom, Owinykibul, Mapel Upper nile region and many others.

President Kiir added that there is no reason of returning to war.

Last month, the two leaders bought time by delaying the government’s formation for 100 days which elapse in February 22, 2020.