South Sudan Minister meets President Mugabe

presidentThe Minister of Regional Cooperation Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin met with President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe Saturday to brief him about the state of peace implementation and discuss bilateral relations with Zimbabwe.

The Ministry of Regional Cooperation says Zimbabwean officials expressed their commitment to the people of Southern Sudan, and affirmed Zimbabwe will always support whatever decision the people of South Sudan make during 2011 referendum.

The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology for Zimbabwe said "Zimbabwe will cooperate with the people of Southern Sudan in all aspects of capacity building, to assist in the speedy process of development."

While Zimbabwe faces grim economic outlook, the country has the highest literate population in Africa and South Sudanese officials hope to learn from her educational experience. In his meeting with President Mugabe, Mr. Mariar thanked him for his war time support for the SPLM/SPLA. The President was appreciative and "thanked the people of Southern Sudan for the warm brotherly greetings and [said] that Zimbabwe will continue to help the people of Southern Sudan in developing their country in whatever capacity they need from the areas of capacity building," according to the release.

Report from Zimbabwe Broadcasting Cooperation: Cde Mugabe meets visiting Sudanese Minister

The President, Cde Robert Mugabe, met the visiting Sudanese Regional Cooperation Minister, Dr Banaba Benjamin at Zimbabwe House.

Dr Benjamin asked Zimbabwe for assistance in the reconstruction of his country’s institutions.

He said Zimbabwe helped South Africa and Namibia when they attained independence and the people of southern Sudan will be grateful if they receive the same assistance.

Dr Banaba also said he delivered a special message from General Salva Kiir, the President of Southern Sudan, and thanking Zimbabwe for the contribution it made towards the achievement of peace in his country.

Dr Benjamin asked Zimbabwe for assistance in the reconstruction of his country’s institutions.

Dr Barnaba also said he delivered a special message from General Salva Kiir, the President of Southern Sudan, and thanking Zimbabwe for the contribution it made towards the achievement of peace in his country.

He added that General Salva Kiir visited Zimbabwe several times during the liberation struggle of southern Sudan, but he expects to officially visit Zimbabwe by the end of April or the beginning of May this year.

The southern Sudanese Minister who has been in the country for three days is expected to leave for Juba on Sunday.


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