CAIRO: Interim President Adly Mansour pledged support for South Sudan Monday during a meeting with the South Sudanese Foreign Minister Baranaba Marial Benjamin, according to presidential spokesperson Ehab Badawy.
South Sudanese Ambassador to Egypt Anthony Louis Kon and Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy attended the conference.
Badawy said Mansour expressed Egypt’s full political, economic, and humanitarian support to the government of South Sudan and said Egypt was interested to invest and contribute to the development of its southern neighbor.
Mansour also expressed concern about the current crisis in South Sudan and said Egypt was ready to contribute to U.N. peacekeeping efforts.
According to Badawy, Benjamin stressed the importance of restoring Egypt’s membership in the African Union, and said that his country fully supports Egyptian interests in Africa.
The South Sudanese foreign minister said his country appreciates the aid provided by Egypt, particularly in the fields of education, nursing, medicine, agriculture and training of diplomats, despite the difficult economic conditions which Egypt is facing, Badawy said.
Benjamin called on Egypt to increase investments in South Sudan to benefit from the country’s wealth of natural minerals, livestock, and diverse wildlife which could attract tourists, according to Badawy.
During a Monday press conference held at the Journalists Syndicate, Benjamin called on African countries to cooperate on water issues and set disputes on the Nile River aside.
Originally published in Youm7.