Juba, South Sudan.
Sunday, May 16, 2021 — South Sudan’s Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Hon. Beatrice Khamisa Wani and her Sudanese counterpart, Dr. Mariam Al-Saddiq Al-Mahdi met yesterday in the South Sudanese capital, Juba to discuss numerous bilateral matters between the two countries.
The meeting between two Foreign Affairs Ministers mainly focused on how to improve the bilateral relations between the two sisterly countries.
The duo went further to address the regional and international issues which are believed to be common concerns for both countries, Sudan and South sudan.
In a statement seen by Nyamilepedia, the two high profile diplomats also looked into the simulation of the joint cooperation mechanisms the two countries signed in 2012 and have been extending since.
The bilateral relations between the two countries officially began to flourish right from the time South Sudan achieved her independence on 9th July 2011 where Sudan became one of the first countries to internationally recognize the independence of South Sudan as a sovereign and independent state.
This is the second time in the histories of both countries to have female foreign affairs ministers.
While Hon. Beatrice Khamisa Wani was appointed on March 12, 2020 to cabinet of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity in South Sudan, her Sudanese counterpart, Hon. Dr. Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, who is also the leader of the National Umma Party, has been the Minister of Foreign Affairs since 11 February 2021.
Hon. Khamisa became the second female official to lead the Ministry of foreign in South Sudan after Hon. Rebecca Awut Deng.
On the other hand, Hon. Mariam Al-Saddiq, the daughter of Imam Sadiq El Madi, former prime Minister of Sudan and chairperson of Sudanese National Umma party took over the leadership of the National Umma Party shortly after her father’s death and gradually went on to join negotiations table with the opposition groups and became the second female minister to head the ministry of foreign affairs after Hon Asma Mohammed Abdallah who held the same position recently in the transitional cabinet of the Republic of Sudan under H. E Premier Abdallah Hamdok.