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Egypt seeks South Sudan support to regain membership at African Union

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August 16, 2013 (JUBA) - The Egyptian government is seeking support of the Republic of South Sudan to reclaim membership at the African Union, after it was suspended due to the ouster of its first elected president by the military, a South Sudanese senior diplomat on Friday.

The spokesperson for South Sudan’s ministry of foreign affairs and International cooperation, Mawien Makol, said his country is expecting a visit by Egyptian foreign affairs minister, Nabil Fahmi on Tuesday with a high level delegation.

The talks will focus on "the role the government of South Sudan can play to assist Egyptians government reclaim membership at the African Union”, he said.

South Sudan became the African Union’s 54th member shortly after it seceded from Sudan on 9 July 2011. Egypt was suspended from the pan-African body on 6 July after the military took power from Mohamed Morsi, who won elections last year as the candidate of the Freedom and Justice and party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Hundreds of people have died as the Egyptian police and army have attempted to break up protest camps established by Muslim Brotherhood supporters in the wake of Morsi’s ouster and incarceration.

Ambassador Makol said Juba hoped to improve its friendly bilateral relations with Cairo, revealing that the Egyptian government has offered to assist in breaking the deadlock between Sudan and South Sudan over post-independence issues.

“The delegation will also meet the president and other key officials to explore ways to strengthen relations and design together mechanisms to help the two countries address issues of concerns. There were will discussions touching mainly issues relating to how manage Nile Water, strengthening trade ties and other developmental issues, especially projects which are supported by the Egyptian government”, he explained.

The senior diplomat said his country expects the visiting ministry to brief president Salva Kiir Mayardit of events in Egypt since Morsi was deposed on 3 July.

“It will be good opportunity to learn about how the current government in Egypt is managing affairs of the nation at this critical moment and how the leadership expects other countries to extend helping hand”, he said.

“As a government and people, we wishes Egyptian people and their government hold each other together and strongly and embrace peaceful dialogue as a means to resolve differences”, said Ambassador Makol.

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  • 18 August 2013 02:37, by omoni jr.

    It is okay, although enemies realized that we are the true owners of this continent ,pliz lets forgive them. Our representative of AU will convince this organization to reverse their decision to suspend Egypt from AU organization.Egypt is African country.........No one can say negative words without our majority list in parliament.

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    • 18 August 2013 03:22, by South South

      "Enemy of your enemy is your friend" Egyptian government is fighting Muslim Brothers and because of that we, people of South Sudan should stand with Egypt to get rid of brother Muslims in Egypt and next will be NCP. Cowards in Khartoum are now popping in their pants. NCP will be history soon.

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      • 19 August 2013 09:11, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        Since the Elected president Mr Morsi was a Muslim brotherhood,at the same time he was an enemy to the new Nation Republic of South Sudan,that is why God never approve him to be a leader for his dirty plan against the Christainity.
        The govt of South Sudan should stand by the side of the current govt in Egypt.
        OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 18 August 2013 11:38, by Hardlinner

      Is AU out of their mind?. The current government is legitimate one, therefore the ousted president is not just criminal but a terrorist. South Sudan should definitely support current Egyptian government.

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  • 18 August 2013 05:34, by Akol Liai Mager

    You may get that, but in return, South Sudanese people seek Egyptian Government Support to regain all South Sudan’s territories including Abiyei and Panthou that are occupied by Khartoum’s NIF government.

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    • 18 August 2013 07:55, by Tutbol

      Wow! These are the diplomats the S Sudanese believe in! Discussing what with an illegitimate govt! When people say that our guys from Bhar-el gazelles know little about governing; ah they will jump up like babies with rages, but they don’t carefully examine the implication of their actions. Do these clowns think a coup can be made in S Sudan & the coup’ters’ will then rush to Egypt to validate th

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      • 18 August 2013 08:53, by Akol Liai Mager

        Facts:
        1. Egypt’s population stands at 85.5 millions’
        2. 25,577,521 Egyptians did participate in a run-off presidential elections,
        3. Morsi won elections by 13,230,131 out of 12,347,380 for Gen. Shafik,
        4. 30.5 millions Egyptian took part in 30th June 2013 Uprising that hosted Morsi.
        5. USA did not labelled what happened in Egypt as a Coup. Please, respect yourself.

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        • 18 August 2013 08:59, by Akol Liai Mager

          Correction; 3. Morsi won elections by 13,230,131 out of 25,577,521 and 12,347,380 for Gen. Shafik.
          And I also believe that Bhar El-Ghazallers did not play any role in what has happened in Egypt. But the simple question is this should South Sudan respect 13.13 million Egyptians or 30.5 who have expressed their views democratically?

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  • 18 August 2013 09:35, by marie

    It is time for us as South Sudanese to pray for stability in Egypt. Egypt has contributed tremendously for the education of South Sudanese since 1972 following the Adis Abbaba agreement. 80 % of all graduates in the South finished from Egypt after Khartoum made it hard for us to get higher education. We still have sizable population in Egypt. Egyptian Coptics and other Christians helped a lot.

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    • 18 August 2013 22:13, by adamu

      Marie,
      I partly agree with you regarding south Sudanese who were sent to Egypt by the Sudanese gov’t to get their education, but what you never acknowledged was the agenda behind this mentioned education. The Arab of Sudan and other Arab countries of which Egypt was the mother host were all behind the Agenda. if you to inquire more from me I will tell.

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  • 19 August 2013 06:04, by marie

    Well Adamu, I am not aware of what you are referring to. The scholarship originally was supposed to be in Nigeria but for some reason it was diverted to Egypt. Those of us who studied there were not arabized nor islamized as most may think. One thing people forget is the fact that Egypt has almost 15 million Christians and South Sudanese were able to maintain their identity.

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