South Sudan’s President Kiir Travels to U.A.E for Bilateral Talks

South Sudan’s President Kiir Travels to UAE for Bilateral Talks (News Central TV)

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir addresses the opening session of parliament in Juba, South Sudan August 30, 2021. REUTERS/Jok Solomun

President Salva Kiir of South Sudan and a number of senior government officials traveled to the United Arab Emirates, U.A.E., for bilateral talks on Monday morning, according to his spokesperson.

“The president and his team have today left for the United Arab Emirates for a three-day working visit. 

“The president will hold bilateral meetings with the leaders of UAE on the areas in which South Sudan and the United Arab Emirates can further strengthen their relations and cooperation in areas of mutual interest,” said Ateny Wek Ateny, who heads Kiir’s Press Office.

According to Ateny, President Kiir’s delegation includes Tut Gatluak Manime, his Presidential Advisor on National Security Affairs, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin, and Intelligence Bureau Director-General Simon Yien Makuac.

A high-level government team from South Sudan arrived in Doha, Qatar, in early November last year, ahead of Kiir’s first working visit to the Gulf country.

President Kiir was seen off at Juba International Airport by the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny, who has now been left as the acting head of state, as well as other senior government officials.

He was accompanied by Presidential Advisor on National Security Affairs, Tut Gatluak Manime, Minister of Presidential Affairs, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, Director General of General Intelligence Bureau, Gen. Simon Yien Makuac.

Meanwhile, it should be recalled that President of Rwanda Paul Kagame landed in Jamaica last week Wednesday afternoon for a three-day official visit aimed at strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries.

Kagame’s visit to the Caribbean island is his first official visit as he hopes to strengthen the bilateral ties between both countries.

Also, Kenya and DR Congo have signed a bilateral agreement on cooperation in agriculture, livestock and fisheries sectors.

The objectives of the agreement include promoting increased agricultural productivity in Kenya and DR Congo, encouraging joint investment ventures between respective private entrepreneurs as well as boosting mutually beneficial trade between the two countries.

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