President of South Sudan Meets Deputy Speaker of Israeli Knesset

The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayrdit on Monday Aug. 29th, 2011 in his office at Presidential Guest House in Juba met a high-level delegation from the Israeli Knesset (parliament) led by its Deputy Speaker Mr. Danny Danon.

The meeting mainly focused on developing a framework by which Israel can support the economy of the new Republic of South Sudan.

Shortly after the meeting, the former caretaker minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, who has recently been appointed the minister for Cabinet Affairs, Mr. Deng Alor told the press that South Sudan has decided to establish diplomatic relations with the state of Israel. He also said that the Republic of South Sudan and Israel will soon name their respective ambassadors.

Mr. Alor described the visit of the high-level delegation from Israel to South Sudan as a good beginning of the strengthening of relations between the two countries. He said that the new Republic of South Sudan will have a very close economic cooperation with the state of Israel. He said that Israel is ready to support South Sudan in agriculture, mining, roads and bridges.

On his part, Mr. Danon congratulated the people of South Sudan for realizing freedom and officially declaring independence on 9th July 2011. He further said that Israel is now ready to support the economy of the new independent state.