Egypt supports efforts to restore calm in South Sudan, Sisi tells Kiir

Ahram Online , Thursday 21 Jul 2016

Recent violence saw the deaths of 300 soldiers, according to government figures

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (Reuters)

Egypt supports efforts aiming to achieve calm in South Sudan, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi told his South Sudan counterpart Silva Kiir in a phone call Wednesday.

During the call, El-Sisi underlined Egypt's support for measures to prevent bloodshed in South Sudan and establish security and stability for its people and that pave the way to aspired comprehensive development.

The Egyptian president said Egypt would continue aiding developmental efforts in South Sudan due to the close relationship between the two countries.

On 7 July, violence erupted in the South Sudan capital of Juba between forces loyal to President Kiir and those loyal to his deputy, Riek Machar, on the anniversary of the youngest country in the world's independence from Sudan.

Days after, a ceasefire was signed between President Kiir and his Machar after the death of over 300 soldiers in deadly battles, according to government's estimates cited by AFP. 

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