The Foreign Minister Meets with the First Deputy of the President of South Sudan on the Eve of the General Assembly Meetings in the United Nations
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met on the 24th of September with Mr. Tabaan Dang, the First Deputy to the President of South Sudan and the delegation of South Sudan that included both the Foreign Minister and the Defense Minister.
In a statement by Counselor Ahmed Abu Zeid, the official spokesperson for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, he stated that Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry affirmed at the start of the meeting Egypt’s ongoing close monitoring of the political and security situation in South Sudan and its continued support for a return to peace and stability there. He also stated that Egypt will continue to play out its role, through its current membership of both the UN Security Council and the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, to help South Sudan in all possible ways. On his part, the First Deputy for the President of South Sudan, expressed the appreciation of South Sudan, both people and government, of the role that Egypt is playing to help support his country. He also looked forward to more cooperation, noting the will of the South Sudanese government to resume the development and economic projects that Egypt was undertaking in South Sudan, specifically in the fields of agriculture, irrigation, education, health and others.
The Spokesperson added that the Foreign Minister during the meeting affirmed Egypt’s readiness to take part in the regional protection force that is due to be deployed in South Sudan to reinforce stability and security after the South Sudanese government accepts the deployment. He affirmed that Egypt has no interest in its relation with South Sudan other than the benefit of the South Sudanese people and to support the stability of South Sudan, seeing that this reinforces the security of Egypt, the security of the Horn of Africa as well as Africa as a whole.