Sudan’s government confirmed receiving embattled South Sudan’s former vice president Riek Machar

South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar speaks during an interview with Reuters in his office in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa July 9, 2014. South Sudan's President Salva Kiir on Wednesday called on rebels to resume peace talks as the country marked its third birthday with celebrations overshadowed by fighting that has killed thousands and brought it to the verge of famine. In a swift response, Machar told Reuters that he was ready to resume dialogue but warned his troops would target South Sudan's oil installations if fighting resumed and the government used oil revenues to buy arms. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri (ETHIOPIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST ANNIVERSARY) - RTR3XV7C

Sudan’s government has now confirmed receiving South Sudan’s former vice president Riek Machar, on what they described as humanitarian grounds. According to a statement from Sudan’s government spokesman, Machar is in need of urgent medical attention. His health condition is however said to be stable. Officials say Machar will get full medical supervision while in Khartoum. He is expected to leave the country for a destination of his choice to complete his medical treatment.

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