South Sudan”s President Salva Kiir delivering a speech in Juba, South Sudan. EPA/PHILLIP DHIL [EPA]
The meeting comes in the wake of a brief Africa tour by Shukry, during which he met Kiir in the South Sudanese capital on Monday.
رئيس جمهورية جنوب السودان ” سلفا كير” يقرأ رسالة الرئيس عبد الفتاح السيسى التى سلمها وزير الخارجية الي فخامته في جوبا صباح اليوم. pic.twitter.com/gP5jtLqovO
— Egypt MFA Spokesman (@MfaEgypt) March 12, 2018
Translation: South Sudanese President Salva Kiir reads a letter from President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi delivered by the foreign minister in Juba today.
According to the ministry statement, the two men also discussed means of enhancing South Sudan-Egypt relations and “regional issues of common concern”, including ongoing negotiations over Ethiopia‘s Grand Renaissance Dam project.
Monday’s meeting also reportedly saw an agreement signed establishing a “mechanism for political consultation” between Cairo and Juba, while Shukry also conveyed a message to Kiir – the contents of which were not disclosed – from the Egyptian president.
A split between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar escalated into a military conflict in December 2013.
Despite a 2015 peace deal signed between the two sides, the conflict – in which some 10,000 people are estimated to have been killed – remains ongoing.
SOURCE: Anadolu news agency