South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit travelled to Egypt on 16th, January 2019 to meet the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the Heliopolis Presidential Palace in Cairo. The South Sudanese president Kiir reached the Egyptian capital on Wednesday where the two counterparts held a meeting to review the bilateral relations between both the countries. They touched upon various topics and issues concerning both the countries at the summit level meeting.
President Kiir’s visit to Egypt was part of the diplomatic relations between the two African countries, which have maintained good terms since South Sudan gained independence. Egypt has been keen on growing its diplomatic relations with other countries in the African region and this marks yet another in a series of visits that Salva Kiir has made to Egypt.
Upon declaring independence in 2011 through a referendum held in January of that year, Egypt formally recognized South Sudan as a sovereign nation. May 2018 saw the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry accompany President Kiir to South Sudan on behalf of the Egyptian president for the inauguration of the National Liberation Council of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Juba.
Egypt is one of the countries that is constantly supporting South Sudan to achieve its goals of peace and stability. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has voiced his support for President Salva Kiir’s initiative to establish a committee that will facilitate national dialogue.
Presently, the focus is on the reunification of the divisions within the ruling party, the SPLM. The Arusha Agreement was signed by the three confliction factions of the party in January 2015 in Tanzania. The ruling party has seen a lot of disagreements within its ranks and its leaders since 2013.
By Athoi D. Monyjok