SA, S’Sudan strengthen bilateral tiesby SAVIOUS KWINIKA
PRETORIA – SOUTH African President Jacob Zuma is on Friday set to host his visiting South Sudanese counterpart, Salva Kiir Mayardit, in a move aimed at deepening bilateral, political, economic and social relations.
The two Presidents would use the occasion in Cape Town to exchange views on the latest developments on the continent and globally.
Kiir is also expected to brief Zuma on the ongoing peace process in South Sudan.
South Africa has been facilitating the process through the framework of Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD).
Mayardit is accompanied to South Africa by a contingent of ministers and senior government officials while Zuma will attend the meeting with his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Nkoana-Mashabane.
In a statement, Clayson Monyela, spokesman for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, said the visit was aimed at strengthening the already existing cordial relations between the two countries anchored on the agreement established bilateral relations signed in September 2011.
Since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, South Africa has been actively supportive of African Union Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD) projects in both Sudan and South Sudan under the umbrella of the AU Ministerial Committee on PCRD, which South Africa currently chairs.
To date, and as part of a capacity-building programme taking place within the context of the AUPCRD, more than 1 600 officials from the Government of South Sudan have been trained by the Government of South Africa, Monyela said.
He said the training offered to Sudan ranged across a spectrum of fields such as policing, justice, communications and foreign services.
– CAJ News
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