A delegation from the Egyptian House of Representatives arrived in South Sudan’s capital Juba on Monday in an official visit that aims at fostering relations between the two countries.
The Egyptian delegation, headed by the speaker of the House of Representatives Ali Abdel-Aal, was received by Timothy Tut, First Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Acting Speaker of Parliament, along with a number of South Sudanese parliamentary leaders.
According to the Egyptian parliament’s speaker, the visit represents a bridge between the people of Egypt and the people of South Sudan, and is an affirmation of the solid relations between the two countries.
The visit is a demonstration of Egypt’s support of South Sudan in its efforts to achieve peace and stability, especially after the 2018 ‘Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan’ brokered by neighboring countries.
The visit is set to include a number of activities including meetings with South Sudan’s minister of agriculture and food security, South Sudan’s acting parliament speaker, as well as other senior South Sudanese officials to discuss enhancing relations between the two countries and to exchange views on issues of common interest.
A civil war broke out in South Sudan in December 2013 due to a conflict between President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar.
In 2018, Kiir and Machar participated in peace negotiations mediated by Uganda and Sudan, and by August 2018 a final cease-fire and power-sharing agreement, followed by a peace agreement to end the civil war called the ‘Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan,’ was signed by the government, the opposition party, and other rebel factions.
It is estimated that almost 400,000 people lost their lives during the civil war in South Sudan.