15 December 2018 06:58 AM
At the outset of his visit to Juba

FM hands S. Sudan President letter from President Sisi

Monday، 12 March 2018 - 04:15 PM

At the outset of his visit to the South Sudanese capital of Juba, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met on March 12th with the President of the Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit. They discussed the overall bilateral relations and means to develop them in all fields, as well as a number of regional issues of common interest.

The Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Counselor Ahmed Abu Zeid stated that the Foreign Minister handed over a letter from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to President Salva Kiir, conveying his regards and appreciation to the South Sudanese President for his efforts aimed at achieving stability and development in South Sudan. The President of the Republic also expressed his keenness on supporting our South Sudanese brothers in all fields.

Abu Zeid added that Shoukry affirmed Egypt's support for the role of South Sudan Government in achieving peace and stability in the country with the initiative of establishing the National Dialogue Steering Committee, which its leaders have recently participated in a training course in Cairo, in addition to dispatching an Egyptian expert to provide the Committee with technical support in Juba. Egypt has also hosted the talks of the Arusha Agreement on the reunification of the SPLM, and contributed to sponsoring these talks in cooperation with Uganda.

In this context, Minister Shoukry noted that the Egyptian support for our brothers in South Sudan has immediately started following the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, as Egypt adopted an integrated strategy in support for development efforts in South Sudan by launching projects in several areas, mainly establishing 4 electricity stations, and a large number of schools and medical clinics, as well as providing assistance in the field of irrigation and training courses for cadres, and dispatching medical convoys. In this regard, Shoukry proposed a number of projects Egypt is looking forward to implement in the coming phase in South Sudan, including projects to establish fish farms, inaugurate an Egyptian cultural center in Juba, and provide training courses in security, education, health, irrigation and diplomacy, as well as drilling of water wells.

The Spokesman revealed that during the meeting, Minister Shoukry announced the increase of the number of dialysis units at Juba Teaching Hospital from two to eight units, and the dispatch of a medical delegation to operate the dialysis center for two months starting April 2018, in addition to the training of a South Sudanese medical staff to operate it, and dispatching a medical convoy to the city of "Wau", while expressing Egypt’s aspiration to conclude a comprehensive cooperation agreement between the two countries at the earliest opportunity.

For his part, President Salva Kiir expressed his satisfaction and gratitude to Minister Shoukry and the accompanying delegation in Juba, expressing his country's full appreciation for Egypt’s efforts to support the people and the stability of South Sudan. He noted that he clearly noticed the recent contacts of the Egyptian diplomacy with the international community stakeholders to explain the nature of the challenges facing South Sudan, and to emphasize the importance of supporting stability and national reconciliation in his country. In this context, President Salva Kiir reviewed the course of the ongoing negotiation process with the Opposition under the auspices of IGAD, and the challenges facing the talks. President Kiir was also keen on explaining in detail the work of the National Dialogue Steering Committee and the various stages of the national dialogue in order to achieve peace and stability across South Sudan.

Finally, the meeting dealt with a number of regional issues of common interest, particularly the developments in the GERD negotiations, and the situation in the Horn of Africa region in general, in addition to the demand of South Sudan to join the League of Arab States. At the end of the meeting, the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Presidential Affairs of Southern Sudan signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a political consultation mechanism between the two countries.

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