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South Sudan signs military cooperation deal with Egypt

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March 23, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government on Sunday signed bilateral military cooperation with Egypt, less than a week after it reached a consensus on a similar matter with neighbouring Sudan, from which it suceeded in July 2011.

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South Sudan’s defence minister Kuol Manyang Juuk (L) presents Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir with a letter in Khartoum on19 March 2014 (Photo: AFP/Ebrahim Hamid)

The new deal, according the state-owned SSTV, was signed following after a South Sudanese delegation led by defence minister Kuol Manyang Juuk visted the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

Juuk was accompanied by his national security counterpart, Gen. Mabuto Mamur Mate, the deputy director for military intelligence and South Sudan’s ambassador to Egypt.

The defence minister is said to have held a meeting with the Egyptian president, Adil Mansour during which he delivered to the latter a “special message” from his South Sudanese counterpart, Salva Kiir.

He also extended his appreciation to Egypt for the cooperation and investments, which have contributed towards strengthening the existing ties between the two countries.

During the meeting, Juuk reportedly assured the Egyptians of his country’s commitment to remain its significant partner in the development of mutual interests for the benefit of citizens from both countries.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian president reportedly expressed optimism that South Sudan would soon define strategic projects and outlines for their implementation.

Mansour is also said to have assured the visiting South Sudanese delegation of his country’s willingness to find new funding mechanisms for bilateral activities in the field of defence.

But while specific details of the military cooperation between the two nations remained unclear, military sources have told Sudan Tribune that the deal provides for the cooperation between the countries’ armed forces on the sharing expertise, training of special forces, joint exercises, participation in seminars and search and rescue issues.

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  • 24 March 05:32, by Mi diit

    Can you see how confused and desperate this foolish Kiir is? Signing a military agreement with the arch enemy Egypt only to add the forces that can fight the Nuer in South Sudan? God will kill this evil president before next Christmas Day!

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    • 24 March 05:55, by mathem jech amer

      You said Kiir will die on 16 May, now you chnage the date to be December, maybe two years later

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      • 24 March 06:42, by padiit gaga

        Good news on 3’22 kirr was given two choices 1 to accept interior govern which excluded him 2 or accept sanction. According to U.s. Norway’ UK . Kirr regime will be gone soon. That is what have been done to Libya’ and Iraq by the world power.

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        • 24 March 07:43, by Mi diit

          mathem jech amer,
          Don’t worry about the change of the dates. I am not God. But for sure Kiir is heading towards his end. His evil deeds are a clear sign to death.

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    • 24 March 12:09, by Johndumo14

      MSF:HAVY FIGHING IS GOINGON on BETWEEN REBELS AND S.SUDAN GOV.TROOPS IN NASIR AND AKOBO.More refugees are pouring in to Leitchor refugee camp in Gambella, western Ethiopia,most are children,old men and women from Nuer tribe.Nasir is the strong hold of Riek Machar rebels and is gateway to ethiopia.If the gov.troops defeat rebels in Nasir and Akobo it will be a major blow to Riek Machar rebellion

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    • 24 March 14:48, by Rami Tot

      frankly speaking
      we will not let you Dinka to be the ruler again so that bring mercenaries to our dear civilians never dream of that anymore
      you are already defeated diplomatically weather you like it or you will like or accept the peace.

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  • 24 March 07:42, by magic

    The existence of Egytian military in the Land of South Sudan doesn’t not only affect the rebels but other countries like Ethiopia will consider it as a threat to their national security. Ethiopia and Egypt are in a going to war as Egypt is threatening Ethiopia because of its Grand Dam that is under construction. For sure Egyptians will use this opportunity to attack Ethiopia also. This will escalate the war to be African rather than South Sudanese.

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    • 24 March 12:31, by Gunkills

      Let it be if it will be African war because Ethiopia have been deceived by the Westerns and forgotten the important of neighbourhood.

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  • 24 March 15:12, by Ambago

    This is what they call political promiscuity. How on earth you can have military co-operations with every country on earth. Should that be the case then the country don’t really seem to have enemies and hence what’s the point of all these pacts?. Yet I know what the Egyptians are capable of doing given this agreement.

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