Head of a South Sudan delegation in Cairo on Wednesday thanked President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, the Egyptian government and people for their peacekeeping efforts in his country.
South Sudan has been suffering a civil war for five years; tens of thousands were killed, while millions were displaces as the country plunged into famine.
Cairo hosted a three-day meeting with the South Sudan People’s Liberation Movement on Nov. 13 at the at the headquarters of Egyptian Intelligence Service as it witnessed the signing of a political agreement between South Sudan rivals.
The agreement was signed under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
Signing the agreement is deemed a crucial step towards a permanent cease-fire in South Sudan before the renewed peace talks that are scheduled in early February in Ethiopia.
Sixteen people have been killed, including three children, since South Sudan’s cease-fire started less than a month ago, reported monitors.
Government and rebel forces have been fighting since December 2013 due to an infighting among rows of the popular movement.
Both sides agreed that Egypt’s General Intelligence will make the necessary coordination to carry out what was agreed during the meeting.