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Kiir in South Africa for bilateral ties

By Staff Writer

President Salva Kiir Mayardit is in South Africa on an official working visit, where he will meet his counterpart, President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Salva Kiir left Juba for Pretoria, Tuesday morning and was seen off by top government officials, among them, the First Vice President, Riek Machar Teny.

According to official communication on President Kiir’s Facebook page, the meeting of the duo is slated for Wednesday and will center on strengthening bilateral relations between Juba and Pretoria.

Speaking to journalists at Juba International Airport prior to the president’s departure, the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, said the leaders will also delve into the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.

“President Kiir and his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa will discuss the crisis in Sudan and regional issues,” Dr. Marial was quoted in a statement on the president’s page as saying.

“The Minister said President Kiir and Ramaphosa will also discuss areas of mutual cooperation between the SPLM and the South African ruling ANC party,” it added.

During Kiir’s stay in Pretoria, Marial noted that the president will also meet with other key South African officials and business leaders to promote trade and investment between the two nations.

South Sudan looks forward to bolstering its long-standing relationship with South Africa and enhancing collaborations toward achieving sustainable peace and development.

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