A Positive Step Towards Strengthening Sudanese-South Sudanese Relations: Lieutenant General Kabashi’s Visit to Juba By M. Salah Ghuraib – Egypt

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A Positive Step Towards Strengthening Sudanese-South Sudanese Relations: Lieutenant General Kabashi’s Visit to Juba
By M. Salah Ghuraib – Egypt
Last week witnessed an important visit by Lieutenant General Shams El Din Kabashi, a member of the Sudanese Transitional Sovereignty Council, to Juba, the capital of South Sudan. This visit has received great media and political attention, as it represents a positive step towards strengthening the fraternal relations between the two brotherly countries.
Positive Outcomes:
The results of Lieutenant General Kabashi’s visit have shown a number of positive outcomes, which can be summarized as follows:
Affirmation of Eternal Relations and Keenness on Strengthening Ties: Both sides affirmed the depth of the historical and cultural ties that bind the Sudanese and South Sudanese people, stressing the need to strengthen and develop them in all fields.
Humanitarian Support: President Salva Kiir Mayardit announced the provision of humanitarian aid to Sudanese refugees fleeing the war, in a generous humanitarian gesture that reflects the spirit of solidarity between the two countries.
Discussion of Common Issues: The discussions between Lieutenant General Kabashi and President Mayardit dealt with a number of common issues of concern to the two countries, including security cooperation, combating rebellion and cross-border crimes, in addition to economic and trade cooperation, and political understanding. Lieutenant General Kabashi praised the understanding of the South Sudanese leadership for the political circumstances that Sudan is going through, especially with regard to confronting rebel movements and armed groups.
Important Implications:
Lieutenant General Kabashi’s visit to Juba reflects a number of important implications, which can be highlighted as follows:
Keenness of the Two Countries on Strengthening Relations: This visit confirms the keenness of the two countries to strengthen bilateral relations and develop them in all fields to serve the interests of the two brotherly peoples.
Commitment to Addressing Common Issues: This visit also reflects the commitment of the two countries to addressing common issues of concern to them, especially with regard to security and stability, economic cooperation, and support for Sudan’s sovereignty. The humanitarian aid announced by President Mayardit reflects South Sudan’s support for Sudan’s sovereignty and stability.
Building on the Positive Outcomes:
It is necessary to build on the positive outcomes of this visit by taking steps, including:
Activating Joint Cooperation Mechanisms: Working to activate joint cooperation mechanisms between the two countries in various fields, including security, trade, and economy.
Addressing Pending Issues: Addressing the pending issues between the two countries, especially with regard to borders and disputed territories.
Strengthening and Encouraging People-to-People Communication: Strengthening and encouraging people-to-people communication between the two countries through the exchange of visits and cultural and sports activities.
Lieutenant General Kabashi’s visit to Juba comes within the framework of the two countries’ keenness to strengthen and develop their fraternal relations to serve the interests of the two brotherly peoples. This visit represents a positive step towards achieving stability and development in the region. It is necessary to build on these positive outcomes by taking concrete steps to strengthen joint cooperation and address the pending issues between the two countries.

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