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Egypt sends aid to South Sudan to support peace

September 15, 2019 South Sudan NEWS PORTAL

(CAIRO) Egypt sent aid shipments to Juba as part of its efforts to support the implementation of the 2018 peace agreement in South Sudan, Egyptian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

Three shipments of aid, including medicine, tents and military uniforms, were sent to Juba consecutively on Sept. 11, 12 and 13, the ministry said in a statement.

According to the statement, two more shipments of aid will be sent on Sunday and Monday, noting that the purpose of the aid is to support the establishment of South Sudanese forces’ cantonment camps and rehabilitate the forces to work within state institutions.

The move was coordinated with the United Nations, the statement said.

On Monday, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar, who signed a peace deal to the civil in 2018, agreed to speed up screening and registration of their forces that will form the unified 83,000 force to provide security in the country.

After a meeting in Juba, the two leaders said they have chosen the path of peace and are confident that the signatories to the revitalized peace agreement could agree on most outstanding issues, such as security arrangements and number of states before forming a unity government in November.

Under the new peace deal signed on September 2018, opposition leader Machar with four others will once again be reinstated as Kiir’s deputy.

A peace deal signed in August 2015 collapsed following renewed violence in the capital Juba in July 2016.

South Sudan descended into conflict in December 2013, pitting forces loyal to Machar against troops loyal to Kiir. The violence has since killed tens of thousands and displaced millions of others both internally and externally.

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