South Sudanese Vice President James Wani Igga arrived on Monday in Cairo at the head of a delegation participating in the first round of the Joint Higher Committee meetings between Egypt and South Sudan.
The Sudanese delegation includes the ministers of foreign affairs, international cooperation, livestock, trade and industry, irrigation, higher education, and science and technology.
The anticipated meetings of the joint higher committee are expected to witness the signing of a number of agreements and memoranda of understanding, a cabinet statement said.
Igga was received by Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly at the cabinet headquarters, where the pair held a press conference following a round of consultations in the presence of ministers from both countries.
The joint committee meetings reflect the urge of both countries' presidents to upgrade trade and investment ties, Madbouly said at the conference.
Egypt, Madbouly added, "fully" supports the South Sudanese efforts to achieve peace across the country and build on the peace agreement signed by the transitional government and rebel groups last year.
The landmark agreement was signed in October 2020 in the South Sudanese capital Juba, ending decades-long regional conflicts that left millions displaced and hundreds of thousands dead. Ministers and leaders of governments from neighbouring countries attended the signing ceremony, including Madbouly.
The consultations also touched upon a number of regional issues of mutual concern, according to Madbouly.
Igga called on Egyptian investors to cooperate with his country in the agricultural field given that 95 percent of South Sudan’s land is arable.