Egypt's foreign minister in Juba: Our relationship goes far beyond Nile water issues

Ahram Online, Saturday 14 Jan 2012

Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr arrived in Juba Saturday to meet with South Sudan President Silva Kir

Egypt's current foreign minister Mohamed Kamel Amr (Photo: Reuters)

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Amr has announced Egypt’s intention to follow through on developmental plans in South Sudan. Amr made his comments during a visit to Juba Saturday.

“We have a new budgeted plan devised for the economic and social development of South Sudan and today we will discuss with our brothers in South Sudan the details of implementing this plan and the coordination between relevant ministries. The plan is in accordance with the priorities of the South Sudan government and what it sees fit as this stage,” announced Amr at a press conference in Juba following his meeting with South Sudan President Silva Kir.

In response to a question on the Nile water conflict, Amr told the press that Egypt’s relations with South Sudan “go far beyond the Nile water issue”. “We realise that our brothers in South Sudan are aware of Egypt’s interests and the importance of the Nile water for Egypt,” Amr added.

South Sudan is the last stop on Amr’s Nile Basin tour which included visits to Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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