President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received today, Wednesday, Dr. James Wani Igga, Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan for Economic Affairs, and the ministerial delegation accompanying him, according to Presidency Spokesperson Bassam Rady.
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Ministers of Water Resources and Irrigation, Higher Education and Scientific Research, International Cooperation, Agriculture and Land Reclamation and Commerce and Industry, and Mr. Abbas Kamel, Head of the General Intelligence, attended the meeting.
Rady said that President Sisi asked to convey his greetings to his brother President Salva Kiir, stressing his appreciation for the close relations he has with the President of South Sudan, embodied in his visit to Juba last November.
Sisi affirmed Egypt’s determination to continue providing technical support to South Sudan at all levels, especially in the development fields, and to benefit from Egypt’s leading experiences in advancing the development process in the sectors of agricultural production, irrigation, health, education and others, and launching a process of economic integration in a number of areas such as Investment, trade exchange, energy, infrastructure and petroleum.
He also expressed Egypt’s pride in holding the first Egyptian products exhibition in Juba this July, which establishes an active and effective trade movement between the two countries, in addition to moving forward with the establishment of the Alexandria University branch in South Sudan.
The President also stressed Egypt’s keenness to continue its endeavors at the regional and international levels to enhance efforts to achieve continuity of stability, peace, and security in South Sudan as a mainstay and inevitable for any development efforts.
On his part, Igga conveyed the greetings of President Kiir to Sisi, expressing his country’s great appreciation for Egypt, its people and its leadership. Hence, he lauded the continuous development in the course of bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries, which represents a fundamental pillar of development, construction and progress in South Sudan.
He also expressed gratitude to the Egyptian government and people for providing humanitarian aid to the citizens of South Sudan, especially with the recent crises in Juba.
The Vice President of South Sudan also reviewed the latest developments in the political situation in his country, praising in this regard the role of Egypt and the efforts it is making in support of the stability of the situation in the region and in southern Sudan.
Moreover, the meeting witnessed discussions on ways to activate and develop bilateral cooperation frameworks between the two countries in various fields in the next stage, as well as exchanging views on the developments of several regional files of common interest, especially the developments of the Renaissance Dam file.
In that regard, Sisi affirmed Egypt’s position. The firm has reached a binding legal agreement regarding the rules for filling and operating the dam in a manner that meets the interests of all parties in the endeavors to achieve development and maintain Egyptian water security.