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Egypt donates uniforms, tents to army

By Martha David

South Sudan has received military supplies from the government of Egypt to facilitate training of forces.

The 603,000 thousands military supplies include army uniforms and tents.

Speaking after receiving the items, Ahmed Baha Aldin, the Egyptian Ambassador to South Sudan said the Egyptian government aims for restoration of peace as the donations would be used to train forces as part of implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.

“The only target for us is to make peace and to see peaceful South Sudan and it is a matter of national security to Egypt,” Ahmed said.

Awut Deng Achuil, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation applauded the support from the Egyptian government.

She said that there was no excuse in terms of training the forces of parties to the peace agreement.

“It is going to facilitate the cantonment areas and speed up the implementation of the security arrangement so that the government will be formed in time,” Awut said.

Spokesperson of the SSPDF, Major General Lul Ruai Koang said the consignment included 300 tents, and 302,000 military uniforms.

Gen. Lul said that the consignment will help in training as part of implementation of the transitional security arrangement

“We are going to train a total of two thousand and six. We are going to start in Greater Equatoria with 2,000 at Rejaf, and 6,000 at Mapel, the TOT is going to be trained for a week after they are going to be dispersed to the three greater regions for them to start training officers who are going to command the necessary unified forces,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Military Spokesperson of the SPLA-IO, coloneL Lam Paul Gabriel said with the Egyptian support, cantonment sites will be established and all forces will be registered.

“Most of these items will go to the first trainers who are going to be trained and few of them will go to the contentment sites, he added.

Last week, Cameroon also donated 320 items including plastic chairs, tents, plastic tables, spoons, plates and two generators.

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