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KIIR, SISI-firm on bilateral ties

By James Atem Kuir

President Salva Kiir and his Egyptian counterpart president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi have agreed to intensify existing bilateral relations in various fields of common interests between the countries.

President Sisi visited the country for the first time on Saturday 28th November 2020 and held talks with President Kiir at President Office, secretariat General.

On press briefing when the two of head of States speaks after their discussions, President Kiir said they have agreed on the need to enhance bilateral cooperation in the areas of national interests.

“We agreed on the need to enhance mutual cooperation in the areas of education, health, media, energy, trade and investment and infrastructural connectivity, especially with respect to roads and rail links,” President Kiir said.

“We strongly feel that Egyptian leadership and expertise in these areas can make a difference in our developmental priorities. President Sisi and I have also broadly discussed matters relating to water management and especially the Egyptian readiness to use their expertise to help mitigate the impacts of flood, both in short and medium terms through dredging water resources and water harvesting methods such as dam construction,” he added.

On his part, President Sisi affirmed his government readiness to intensify cooperation in the areas of transferring Egyptian expertise to provide technical support in capacity building.

“Our talks addressed the enhancement of bilateral existing cooperation in the field of water resources and irrigation as well as our join efforts to maximize the use of Nile water,” the Egyptian president said.

“We agreed to intensify our cooperation in the area of transferring Egyptian expertise, provide technical support and building the national capacities of brotherly South Sudan. This is achieved through the continuing training programs offered by the Egyptian agency of partnership with the development in various venues such as health, education, agriculture, irrigation and other civil and military domain,” he further said.

Egypt has for a long time assisted South Sudan, donating food and medical supplies to peace soldiers at cantonment sites in support of the revitalized peace agreement a, provide scholarship to hundreds of South Sudanese students among others.

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