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South Sudan’s Kiir, visiting Egyptian parliament speaker discuss cooperation

Photo: Egyptian speaker of the House of Representatives Dr. Ali Abdel-Aal meeting President Kiir in Juba

December 4th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit and visiting Egyptian speaker of the House of Representatives Dr. Ali Abdel-Aal have met and discussed “growing” cooperation between the two Nile basin countries.

Abdel-Aal said Egypt fully supports ongoing efforts to achieve permanent and comprehensive peace in South Sudan.

In a meeting on Tuesday morning, Abdel-Aal, who headed an Egyptian parliamentary delegation to Juba, also extended an invitation to President Kiir from his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to attend a forum for peace and sustainable development in Upper Egypt’s touristic city of Aswan on 12-14 December according to Ahram.

“Egypt fully supports South Sudan and hopes that there will be a comprehensive and permanent peace there and that a peace agreement in this respect will be fully implemented,” said Abdel-Aal. “Egypt is ready to provide South Sudan with all the necessary political, diplomatic and logistical support to promote development in the country.”

Abdel-Aal further added that his visit to Juba aims to promote parliamentary cooperation between Egypt and South Sudan.

“We are ready to offer all experience in this respect to the parliament of South Sudan,” he said.

For his part, Kiir said he considers the visit by Egypt’s parliamentary delegation a message of support and assistance to South Sudan.

“Egyptian companies operating in South Sudan have largely increased and we hope for their number to increase even more once stability is completely restored,” said Kiir.

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