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November 20, 2008 (CAIRO) — The Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak said he was impressed with his recent and historic visit to Southern Sudan that took place last week.

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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak speaks at the Indo-Egyptian business forum organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in New Delhi November 17, 2008 (Reuters)

“I was overjoyed when I found out that all Southerners I met spoke Arabic because they were trained in Egypt” Mubarak told journalists aboard his plane returning from an official visit to United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“Egypt will open hospitals, schools and a university in South Sudan” he added.

The Egyptian president said his brief trip aimed at supporting unity between North and South Sudan.

Mubarak’s visit to South Sudan is the first for an Egyptian president since 1962 where president Jamal Abdel Nasser visited Juba.

In Juba Mubarak had talks with the First Vice President and southern Sudan government president Salva Kiir Mayadrit on the implementation of a peace deal that Egypt is one of its international guarantors.

Kiir briefed Mubarak on the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and urged more pressures on Khartoum.

Mubarak told reporters: “I came to Juba for the first time and it gives you an indication that we are concerned about southern Sudan”.

He said his government would set up a branch of Egypt’s Alexandria University in the southern.

Observers said the surprise visit by Mubarak signaled growing concern by Egypt that South Sudan is leaning towards separation in the 2011 referendum.

Egypt is dependent on the Nile for its water needs. The White Nile, which flows through southern Sudan, provides about 10 percent of the total flow and could provide more if the water management system is improved.

The construction of Jonglei canal is one of the main concerns for Cairo which tries to convince Juba to resume the work on the hydro-construction project. The unpopular canal project was put to a halt in 1983 following the outbreak of the North-South civil war.

The purpose of the canal was to ensure the flow of 4.7 billion cubic meters of water annually, to be equally distributed between Egypt and Sudan.

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  • 21 November 2008 05:48, by Jur_likang a likan’g

    The issue of Jonglei Canal is unpopular and environmentally unhealthy to South Sudan as such any project of this kind should actually be put to referendum to ok it start or we are heading to a problem. Jonglei canal project touches the very blood lines of South Sudan nation. Egyptian interests should not overshadow our own interests, ours should come first just like theirs in Egypt come first before ours. No one should decide the fate of all Southern Sudanese fate on this issue other than all of them individually.

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    • 21 November 2008 07:40, by John Boy

      upper nile is a greater swamp in Africa as well in the world we I feel shake when I heard the issue of Jonglei Canal, the government of southern sudan can not spoil the environment because Egyptian interest let them just remain in the desert with their Camels.

      View online : Egyptian president says impressed by his visit to south sudan

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    • 21 November 2008 11:44, by Jame

      Mubarak´s surprise visit to Juba is an indication of nervousness and hopelessness against a gradually "separating" South Sudan. It is a sign of repproachment or perhaps "political positioning". There are already a dozen diplomatic missions in Juba and the political mood is that those countries that do not forge ties now may as well find it late especially after 2011. Egypt has legitimate fears, but we CANNOT simply compromise our national interests on the Nile for a hospital or university. Establishing an egyptian university in the South is an academic insult and a slap on the tireless efforts MoEST is doing in trying to relocate and fund the 3 Southern universities. We now have the capacity and intellect to run our own businesses. The South with all other riparian states (Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, DR Congo etc..)will have to enter into new negotiations on the use of the Nile waters. The Jonglei Canal will only be constructed on the consent of the Southerners and after comprehensive EIA studies will have been conducted. Afterall, the Sudd region has been granted by the WWF/UNEP as a national reserve and natural habitat for rare fauna and flora. The fear however, is that GoSS may be coerced otherwise to concede and let Jonglei Canal be constructed, a reminder of that silly and stupid decision by the then President of the South. Mr. Abel Alier. The choice is ours, either we let it be dug, and live with up with the consequences or we mobilise Junubin worldwide to protest against such attempts. I am for the latter.

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  • 21 November 2008 10:09, by Toposa Boy southerner

    Open hospitals, schools and a university in Egypt not in new born country south Sudan
    Your Evil dictator when are you going to die most Egyptian people will be very very happy

    Mubarac hosni must die you will die soonnnnnnnnnnnnnn

    Evil

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    • 21 November 2008 11:16, by Trueson of Southerner

      Your visit is a curse not a blessing Mr Maburack.
      You talk of people whom you got in Juba able to speak to you in Arabic,that is true because of imposing the language which is not needed and refused to developed our own languages which are far better than your fake language.Which language in South that can not fit to be develped as national language.go away with your donation.

      Secondly.forget about Jonglei canal,it has lost the lives of more than two million,so don’t dream of it.

      Thirdly,our offeratory of your visit to Juba will be in form of a human being.
      I offer you Mr Big LOGIC bOY on behave of Southerners.
      Take him to Egypt he even behave like Arabs and like tribalism like you.

      Logic go in peace to Egypt.

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  • 21 November 2008 12:38, by wannawilla S M

    Hey guys, opening University or any other projects won’t stop our struggle to have a new nation between Uganda and Jalla state.
    Mobarak said he was impressed by southers(Gunubeen)speaking Arabic. Mobarak, just to tell you that, to have a good war with your enemy, you must know his language. As a result, we negotiate them in both Arabic and English. And if we are a nation, Arabic must be a compalsory subject in schools all over South Sudan.
    About the Jongoli canal, GOSS must make use of experts to deal with the issue.
    Again for Mobarak, don’t worry if south sudan seperated, you will get Moya. So don’t worry.

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