Egypt vows to support South Sudan's peace efforts

Egypt FM Shoukry

Sameh Shoukry

While meeting with President Kiir, Shourky delivered a message from Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi aimed at boosting bilateral cooperation, ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in the statement.

Shoukry also met with members of the country's National Dialogue Steerting Committee, during which he highlighted ways to bolster security and stability in South Sudan in accordance with the national dialogue initiative.

The Egyptian minister stressed that the relations between Juba and Cairo would not distract their relations with other partners in the region and the whole world.

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The civil war in South Sudan, now in its fifth year, has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions, with aid agencies warning that an estimated 7 million people could face starvation.

South Sudan's minister for the presidency, Mayiik Ayii Deng said Egypt is not just a political ally, but fully supports the war-torn nation.

Earlier this year the United States imposed a unilateral arms embargo on South Sudan to encourage an end to the fighting and there is now a draft resolution for an worldwide arms embargo that is to be voted upon by the United Nations.

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The Egyptian Foreign Minister also offered Egypt's continued assistance to the committee, for which co-chairman Angelo Beda expressed the committee's gratitude. Currently Egypt has more than 50,000 South Sudanese refugees.

He said Egypt, Uganda and South Africa, were among the first African countries in to come out in support of South Sudan's national dialogue and will continue to provide political, moral, financial, technical and material support to its steering committee.

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