May 06, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — A South Sudanese government delegation led by the Minister in the office of the President, Mr. Awan Guol Riak, visited Harare this week to deliver an official letter from President Salva Kiir Mayardit.
According to the President’s Minister, the letter thanks the people of Zimbabwe for their supports, and invites President Robert Gabriel Mugabe to attend South Sudan’s 4th independent anniversary on 9th of July, 2015.
Speaking to Zimbabwean Press, Herald, Mr Awan describes the meeting with President Mugabe as “excellent and successful”.
“The meeting was very excellent and fruitful. I brought the letter of my President, Salva Kiir, to President Mugabe.” Mr. Awan said
“It was on two important areas. Firstly, it was to brief the President on the peace process of our nation, which is the youngest nation in the world and the negotiations going on,” he said.
“It was also on our bilateral relations with Zimbabwe. We know of the support you gave us during the years of our struggle. We need to co-operate in various areas from ministry to ministry.” Awan said.
The previous anniversary was attended only by the Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, the only president who has attended all the three independent anniversaries. His forces rescued Salva Kiir government in 2013-14 and continue to defend Juba from falling.
Mr. Awan urges the Ministries of foreign affairs of the two countries to facilitates the visits of the two Presidents.
“We would want to initiate ways the ministries of Foreign Affairs will work to see the presence of our President in your country and we would want also to see President Mugabe during our independence celebrations where we will sign memoranda of understanding in various areas,” he said.
As South Sudan shies away from her Western allies, while digging for “African solution to African problem,” countries like Zimbabwe and Uganda with weak democratic systems become soft targets.
In March 2014, South Sudan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Marial Benjamin, met Zimbabwe ambassador to South Sudan, Kufa Chinoza, in Juba to persuade Zimbabwe for military support to protect the endangered oil fields in the country.
Although ambassador Chinoza strongly promised at the time that his country would support regional initiatives to restore peace in the war-torn South Sudan, Zimbabwe’s Defense Forces (ZDF) spokesperson, Colonel Overson Mugwisi, denied receiving an official request.
As the new chair of Africa Union, President Mugabe, who has been reluctant to comment on South Sudan’s conflict, might step up efforts in resolving the 17-months-old conflict that has grossly affected the world’s youngest nation.
As a consequence of the current conflict more than 50 thousands people have been killed and over two millions others displaced to the neighboring countries.