The South Sudan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Mr Nhial Deng Nhial
who was in the country last week paid a courtesy call on President
Mugabe at State House on Friday and briefed him on the agreement signed
between his country and Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe and South Sudan last week on
Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding that seeks to establish a
Joint Commission for Trade, Economic, Cultural, Scientific and
Technical Co-operation to conclude initiatives that started in March
“It was a brief courtesy call I had with His Excellency and I took
the opportunity to brief him on the agreements we have reached in the
past two days,” Mr Nhial said.
He said President Mugabe called for the implementation of the MoU and promised that Zimbabwe would support South Sudan.
“He promised that Zimbabwe will give all the possible assistance it can to the extent its current situation permits,” he said.
Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi signed the MoU on
behalf of Zimbabwe. The Joint Commission would allow collaboration in
various areas and a legal framework for effective co-ordination and
consolidation of existing and future bilateral co-operation.
South Sudan has various opportunities in the areas of energy,
agriculture and infrastructure development that local business people
have been urged to explore. Mr Nhial said his country welcomed
overtures by the Republic of Sudan’s President Omar Al Bashir as a
development that would ensure improved relations between the two
“It has been a long awaited visit and we are delighted it has been
done and I think it will go a long way in consolidating the agreements
that have been reached by both countries and will lead to noramalised
relations,” Mr Nhial said.
The two countries’ relations were strained
over border disputes and sharing of oil revenues, although they have
improved of late.