Feb 25, 2021(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan has further strengthened her relations to Egypt by agreeing to an improved cultural relations and artistic exchange between the two countries.
According to South Sudan’s minister for culture, Nadia Arop, the visit by Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi that preceded the Cairo meeting paved the way for the newly founded cooperation.
The Egyptian Minister for Culture, Ines Abdel-Dayem promised to provide all the support needed to keep all the creative fields in South Sudan vibrant. In the same breath, she welcomed the invitation by South Sudan for Egypt to be a guest of honor at the country’s first festival for arts and culture.
“The festival will feature folkloric performances and exhibitions of traditional products and handicrafts,” said Abdel-Dayem.
Placing action into her words, the Egyptian minister ordered the allocation of two grants for South Sudanese students in Egypt to study cinema at the Academy of arts. She also directed that South Sudan be included in the activities of the cultural relations initiative. This was to ensure that the friendship between the two countries was consolidated.
While applauding the gesture by the Egyptian minister, the South Sudanese minister for culture observed that Egypt’s support in founding a national museum was paramount. This is in addition to sending an artistic delegation to photograph and produce a documentary on South Sudan. She also requested for Egypt’s involvement in organizing a cultural week in both Juba and Cairo.
Egypt’s support to South Sudan goes a long way citing that the latter was one of the countries that recognized South Sudan’s secession from Sudan in 2011.