South Sudan President to Visit SA

President Jacob Zuma will host the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, in Cape Town on Friday.

“President Zuma will host the South Sudanese President within the context of consolidating the African Agenda through the enhancement and deepening of bilateral political, economic and social relations,” said the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

The department said the visit was aimed at strengthening the already existing cordial relations between South Africa and South Sudan, which are anchored on the agreement establishing bilateral relations signed in September 2011.

“The two Presidents will use the occasion of the working visit to exchange views on the latest developments on the continent and globally.

“President Kiir is expected to brief President Zuma on the on-going peace process in South Sudan, which is facilitated by the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD),” said the Department of International Relations and Cooperations.

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.

As part of the 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.

The training included policing, justice, communications and foreign services. –

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