Sisi extends condolences to Kiir over death of S. Sudanese irrigation minister

Ahram Online , Sunday 19 Jun 2022

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has extended condolences to South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir over the death of South Sudan’s Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Manawa Peter Gatkuoth.

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File photo: Egypt s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during a news conference after the talks with Russia s President Vladimir Putin in Cairo, Egypt. REUTERS

 

The president sent a message of condolences to Kiir, First Vice President Riek Machar, and South Sudan’s government and people, Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement on Sunday.

Manawa died on Sunday morning in a hospital in the Egyptian capital Cairo, where he was flown in from Juba after suffering from persistent chest pains, according to Sudan Post.

In a statement cited by the independent South Sudanese online newspaper, Machar said Egyptian doctors “tried their utmost” to save the minister after he was diagnosed with high blood pressure that destroyed blood vessels in his heart, stomach, and kidneys.

“Gatkuoth had been a main pillar of sincere national work in the African continent, who devoted his life in defence of his nation’s issues,” El-Sisi said, mourning the death of the minister.

Gatkuoth was also “very keen” to maintain continuous communication and joint work with Egyptian officials to coordinate positions on all issues of mutual concern, the Egyptian president said.

The minister had contributed to enhancing relations between the two sisterly countries of Egypt and South Sudan, El-Sisi added.

El-Sisi prayed to God to bestow his mercy on Gatkuoth and grant his family patience and solace.

Egypt has been steadily upgrading its relations with South Sudan in a range of fields, including agriculture and irrigation as well as construction and security cooperation.

In June last year, the two countries signed a technical cooperation protocol in water resources to prepare a draft for feasibility studies for the construction of the multi-purpose Wau Dam on the Siwi River in South Sudan.

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