Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi attends the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries in Xiamen in southeastern China's Fujian Province, Sept. 5, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Schiefelbein/Pool
CAIRO – 3 September 2018: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met on Monday with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir on the sidelines of the third summit of Forum for Africa - China Cooperation (FOCAC), according to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.
In a press statement, Shoukry said that the meeting shed light on the ways to promote the relation between the two countries and the recent political and security developments in South Sudan.
He stressed the necessity to achieve stability and security in South Sudan to enhance development and prevent conflicts, which South Sudan witnessed before, referring that Egypt supports South Sudan and provides traineeships to its people in different fields, including education, health, irrigation and agriculture.
He pointed out to the good relations between Egypt and South Sudan and to the attempts to increase the economic cooperation between the two countries to achieve stability, confirming that Egypt supports the political roadmap and the agreement signed between South Sudan’s rivals.
The third summit of Forum for Africa - China Cooperation (FOCAC) is set to take place on September 3 and 4 in the Chinese Capital Beijing. The summit is themed "China and Africa: Toward an Even Stronger Community with a Shared Future through Win-Win Cooperation."
South Sudan has been suffering a civil war for five years; tens of thousands were killed, while millions were displaced as the country plunged into famine.
Cairo hosted a three-day meeting with the South Sudan People's Liberation Movement on November 13, 2017, at the headquarters of the Egyptian Intelligence Service to witness the signing of a political agreement between South Sudan's rivals.
The agreement was signed under the auspices of President Sisi and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
Signing the agreement is deemed a crucial step towards a permanent cease-fire in South Sudan.
Government and rebel forces have been fighting since December 2013 due to infighting among rows of the popular movement.
Both sides agreed that Egypt's General Intelligence will make the necessary coordination to carry out what was agreed upon during the meeting.
Additional report by Nawal Sayed