South Sudanese president meets Egypt FM, Irrigation minister

State Information Service
May 7 2015

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir received Wednesday 6/5/2015 Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry along with Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Hossam Moghazy.

Shoukry conveyed a message from President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to Silva Kiir. He extended Sisi’s best regards to Kiir and stressed Egypt’s keenness on boosting cooperation between the two Nile countries.

Kiir asked Shoukry to convey his best regards to Sisi as well, furthering that he is thankful to Egypt for the humanitarian and development aid offered to the people of South Sudan.

He added that Egypt is a close friend of South Sudan which is keen on enhancing ties with Cairo and that he was happy with the level of ties between the two Nile countries and voiced commitment to further enhancing them, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdel Aati.

In press statements, Shoukry asserted that he will take up bilateral issues along with African topics of common concern. He underlined the importance of relations with South Sudan.

He asserted that Egypt is seeking to enhance joint cooperation in the economic, political and cultural domains.

Egypt is also supporting stability and security of South Sudan, he said, adding that Cairo is to extend all assistance to promote the development process in South Sudan.

The meeting between Shoukry and Kiir also focused on the political crisis in South Sudan. Shoukry reiterated Egypt’s support for the efforts to reach a settlement to the crisis between the government and opposition there, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Kiir posted Shoukry on the latest developments regarding mediation talks meant to find a solution to the problem. He stressed the importance of the Egyptian role in supporting those negotiations.

Shoukry and Kiir also exchanged views about efforts to achieve stability and development in Africa, with focus on the Horn of Africa region, Abdel Aati added.

The meeting focused on Egypt’s support for South Sudan with the aim to upgrade services and achieve economic development, he said.

Egypt is contributing to digging water wells in South Sudan, Shoukry said. He also touched upon cooperation at the levels of education and health.

The get-together was also a chance to listen to views of Kiir regarding the situation in his country and challenges it faces, he added.

Speaking along with Shoukry in the press conference was South Sudanese Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin.

He hailed as “successful” the talks earlier today between Kiir and Shoukry and Egyptian Irrigation Minister Hossam Moghazi.

The meeting reflected friendship between the Egyptian and South Sudanese peoples and governments, Benjamin said.

Kiir said South Sudan is particularly interested in enhancing diplomatic, economic, educational and development relations with Egypt, Benjamin told reporters.

Kiir stressed Juba’s full support for Egypt, Benjamin said, telling the press conference that Kiir greatly appreciated Shoukry’s first visit to South Sudan.

Minister Moghazi, who attended the meeting between Shoukry and Kiir, was asked about Ethiopia’s renaissance dam.

He said he posted Kiir on the ongoing negotiations between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia regarding the dam hoping a solution would be reached to the problem in the end, Moghazi told reporters.

He said he believes Kiir was pleased with the agreement of principles between the three countries.

Moghazi said they also discussed a number of projects the Egyptian Irrigation Ministry is implementing in South Sudan.

This is Moghazi’s third visit to South Sudan in six months. He told the press conference that this reflects deep-rooted relations between the two countries.

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