Khartoum, Oct. 9 (SUNA) – The Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation of the Republic of South Sudan, Manawa Peter, and Sudan Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, Prof. Yasser Abbas, accompanied by technical teams, have concluded consultations that lasted from October 6 – 8 in Juba.

The two ministers met in Juba with the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, the First Vice – President, Dr. Riek Machar, the Vice – President, Hussein Abdul-Bagi, the Security Advisor of South Sudan President, Tut Galwak, and the Minister of Investment, Dr. Dhio Mattok.

Sudan Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, Prof. Yasser Abbas, has conveyed messages from the President of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, Gen. Abdul-Fattah Al-Burhan, and the Prime Minister, Dr. Abdalla Hamdouk, to the government and people of South Sudan on the occasion of the first anniversary for the signing of Juba peace agreement for peace in Sudan, and thanked them for their efforts to support the peace process in Sudan.

The consultations conducted by the joint technical consultative committee, which included five experts from each side, dealt with drawing up an action plan to boost the technical cooperation between the two countries in the field of water resources and irrigation, providing the data and document relating to the water resources and irrigation in the Republic of South Sudan, rehabilitation of an irrigation project in the Upper Nile State as a grant from Sudan’s Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources, organizing joint short and long term capacity building and training sessions, establishing a branch of the Sudanese Irrigation and Earth Moving Corporation in South Sudan State as well as conducting joint studies and establishing projects in the fields of floods and drought, water resources’ assessment, water harvest, river navigation, drinking water supply and hydro-electricity.

The two ministers have underscored firmness of the relations between the two brotherly countries, and stressed that the establishment of the joint technical consultative committee and the action plan represent a prominent sign of strong strategic cooperation in the water issues between Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan.

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