South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has called upon the rebel leader Riek Machar to return to the country, and implement the peace deal signed last year.

Kiir, who was delivering an Easter message, also recounted what he called the ‘piercing experience’ during his recent Vatican visit, when the pope kissed his feet along with Machar and other political leaders.

Machar last week proposed that the formation of a unity government should be postponed for at least six months, citing security concerns among others.