South Sudan's Kiir arrives in Cairo for talks with Egypt's Sisi

Ahram Online , Monday 9 Jan 2017

Salva Kiir
A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency shows Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) meeting with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir in Cairo. (AFP)

South Sudan's President Silva Kiir arrived in Cairo on Monday on a three-day visit for talks with the Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, state's news agency MENA reported.

The two presidents will discuss bolstering bilateral relations and the latest developments in the Nile Basin and the Horn of Africa, according to MENA.

South Sudan has witnessed over two years of civil war since Kiir sacked Riek Machar as vice president in 2013. More than 10,000 people have been killed and over 2 million displaced, many of whom have fled to neighboring Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and North Sudan.

Egypt has more than once expressed support for a peace agreement in South Sudan.

In July, El-Sisi expressed in a phone call to Kiir Egypt's support for a ceasefire, and eventual transition to peace, in the midst of a series of deadly battles.

Days later, a ceasefire was signed between President Kiir and Machar after four days of intense gun battles that killed at least 300, according to South Sudanese government estimates.


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