Developments in the State of South Sudan and its Relations with Egypt
On The 11th of July 2018, the Council organized around table discussion on developments in The State of South Sudan and its relations with Egypt. Their Excellencies Ambassadors: Ezzat Saad; Marwan Badr; Salah Halima; and Minister Plenipotentiary Mouhamed Hegazy, Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister for Sudanese Affairs, participated in this discussion.
– The discussion dealt with Egypt’s Foreign policy towards the situations in The State of South Sudan which is based on the following principles:
– The need for cessation of all forms of violence by all parties.
– The significance of the 2015 Agreement that was signed in Addis Ababa for resolving the conflict in this country.
– Supporting President Salva Kiir’s initiative to establish the National Dialogue.
– Coordinating regional efforts concerned with settling the conflict, which includes “IJAD”, The African Union, and the other international efforts and endeavours.
– Achieving peace and stability in South Sudan need to support of State Institutions. – Egypt ,Shall coordinate with Uganda, to follow up the implementation of Cairo Declaration to unify the factions of The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) [ which became a political party ] in pursuance of The Arusha Agreement on the reunification of The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) [ The National Dialogue Initiative, The Egyptian-Ugandan initiative, and the (IJAD) Initiative are three initiatives for the reunification of the factions].
• Egypt is keen to enhance political relations with the state of South Sudan. In this context, His Excellency The Foreign Minister visited Juba twice this year, the first one was on the 12th of last March and the second one was on the 3rd of last May for participating in the opening session of the SPLM National Liberation Council.
– Egypt strongly supported President Salva Kiir’s initiative on the National Dialogue for restoring stability in The State of South Sudan.
The Participants agreed on that, Egypt’s foreign policy strategy towards South Sudan shall include the following in particular:
– Seeking openness to all mechanisms that aim to achieve stability in the State of South Sudan and others.
– Strengthening Egypt’s bilateral relations with influential countries in the region, of which Uganda is a model in this respect.