Juba – South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has Wednesday travelled to Cairo for bilateral talks.
By Deng Machol
President Kiir, in his two days visit, will hold talks with his counterpart Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on areas of cooperation, including the latest signed revitalized peace deal.
President Kiir also comes at the time, Sudan is blighted with a huge demonstrations against the government, country-wide, calling for dictator president Omar Al – Bashir to resign
Kiir’s spokesman, Ateny Wek Ateny said his boss is going for bilateral talks and on the invitation of Egyptian President Al- Sisi.
Ateny said Juba and Cairo had a tied historical relations and connections.
The two leaders will also address a range of issues in the Nile Basin countries as well as negotiations over Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam, which Egypt fears could diminish its supply of Nile water, but is supported by Sudan
However, Cairo and Juba had witnessed a good relations with Egypt investing in education, health and energy sectors in South Sudan.
Civil war broke out in December 2013, two years after the South seceded from Sudan, nearly killed 400,000 people and displaced half of the country’s populations from their homes.
Egypt currently hosts more than 50,000 South Sudan refugees. While hundreds of South Sudanese students are studying in Cario on scholarship programs from Egyptians government.
Egypt also supports peace efforts in South Sudan and the unification of the SPLM, ruling party.
Warring parties signed a peace deal in August 2015 led to the formation of a transitional unity government, but was thwarted within the months after fresh fighting broke out in July 2016 in Juba.
Khartoum – broker revitalized peace agreement was signed on September 12, 2018, in an attempt to end a five – years conflict in the world youngest nation, which nearly returned a country into stone-age period.