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Irrigation minister to visit South Sudan

Egyptian irrigation minister says he will enact water cooperation projects

The Egyptian Minister of Irrigation Hossam Moghazi is due to visit South Sudan on Monday to enact cooperation agreements signed between the two countries in November, state-media reported.

Egypt and South Sudan signed several cooperation agreements, following South Sudanese President Salva Kiir’s three-day visit to Cairo on 22 November.

Moghazi stated he will speculate on the water projects to be inaugurated as part of Egypt’s grant to South Sudan; a 40-hectare model farm is also set to be established.

Kiir’s visit to Egypt last November came shortly after conflicting parties in South Sudan reached an agreement to end nearly a year of fighting between government and opposition troops.

The water ministries of both countries also released a joint statement on the agreement, which they said is based on a “permanent mechanism of cooperation between the ministries”.

Hani Raslan, Sudan and Nile basin countries expert at the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, previously told Daily News Egypt that South Sudan is an “important country for Egypt in terms of the situation and strategies in Nile basin countries in general”.

He added Egyptian projects in the past to make use of these losses, but the projects were interrupted by the Sudanese civil war. South Sudan seceded from Sudan in 2011 following years of conflict.

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