Officials from Egypt and South Sudan discussed the ongoing efforts to develop joint relations in trade, agriculture, health, irrigation, water resources, bank financing, training, education, and industry.
They also deliberated the technical support that national authorities can provide in all fields in light of the historical relations between the two countries.
This came during the first round of the preparatory meetings, kicked off on Tuesday on a ministerial level, which were headed by Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat, with the participation of the ministers of irrigation and water resources, education and technical education, higher education and scientific research, and agriculture and land reclamation. Also in attendance was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for African Affairs Ambassador Hamdi Sanad Loza.
The South Sudan delegation was headed by Ambassador Beatrice Khamisa Wani, the minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, with the participation of the ministers of animal resources and fisheries, industry and trade, water resources and irrigation, higher education, science and technology, and others.
During the meetings, both sides presented the results of the technical meetings and their stance on the joint cooperation documents discussed earlier and the development projects implemented by the Egyptian national authorities in South Sudan.
Al-Mashat stressed the importance of convening the first joint higher committee and its role in setting clear frameworks for cooperation to enhance joint economic relations.
She further praised the role played by the delegations of experts from both sides to find common ground with regards to the memoranda of understanding that are scheduled to be signed during the closing activities of the Joint Higher Committee.
Al-Mashat said Egypt is seeking to support development efforts and areas of joint cooperation with all African countries, noting that the visits between the two countries at the level of leaders and technical parties reflect promising prospects for cooperation and the distinguished joint relations between Egypt and South Sudan.
The agenda of the first round of the Joint Higher Committee is replete with numerous proposed topics and projects, which push the mechanisms of cooperation between the two countries in many areas of common interest, she said, adding that the Ministry of International Cooperation, in coordination with various ministries and national authorities, will keep a watchful eye on points of agreement and cooperation frameworks to ensure their implementation during the coming period.
On her part, Ambassador Wani commended the warm welcome the Sudanese delegation received and praised the role of the two expert groups and the effort made throughout the discussions on joint areas of cooperation, noting the distinguished relations between Egypt and South Sudan.
The South Sudan delegation thanked President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and the Egyptian government for their continuous support of South Sudan as reflected in the Egyptian development projects that advance cooperation ties in many fields.