President Salva Kiir on State Visit to Egypt

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meeting with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir in Cairo.

By Ahram Online,

South Sudan’s President Silva Kiir arrived in Cairo on Monday on a three-day visit for talks with the Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, state’s news agency MENA reported.

The two presidents will discuss bolstering bilateral relations and the latest developments in the Nile Basin and the Horn of Africa, according to MENA.

South Sudan has witnessed over two years of civil war since Kiir sacked Riek Machar as vice president in 2013. More than 10,000 people have been killed and over 2 million displaced, many of whom have fled to neighboring Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and North Sudan.

Egypt has more than once expressed support for a peace agreement in South Sudan.

In July, El-Sisi expressed in a phone call to Kiir Egypt’s support for a ceasefire, and eventual transition to peace, in the midst of a series of deadly battles.

Days later, a ceasefire was signed between President Kiir and Machar after four days of intense gun battles that killed at least 300, according to South Sudanese government estimates.

Egypt has Distinguished Role in Achieving Stability in South Sudan: Envoy

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Ayman Mokhtar el-Gammal


Egypt’s Ambassador in Juba, Ayman Mokhtar el-Gammal, highlighted on Sunday Cairo’s role in achieving stability in South Sudan.

In press statements, he expressed hopes that the situation in South Sudan would be back to normal soon, with a view to resuming bilateral cooperation projects that have been stalled due to instability in the sub-Saharan country.

Ambassador Gammal added that cooperation has gained momentum after South Sudan President Salva Kiir’s visit to Egypt and meeting with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi in November 2014 where eight memorandums of understanding on cooperation in several sectors were signed.