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South Sudan seeks to forge strong ties with Ethiopia: FM


13:15, August 17, 2011

ADDIS ABABA, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan Foreign Affairs Minister Deng Alor Kuol said his country is keen to forge strong ties with Ethiopia.

While conferring with Ethiopia's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn here on Tuesday, Deng Alor said his country seeks to further enhance relations with Ethiopia.

He said establishment of joint ministerial committee, which is expected to hold its meeting in the coming September, is underway which helps further strengthen bilateral relations.

The two countries have agreed to work closely on various economic activities including power generation, trade and capacity building, he said.

According to him, South Sudan has a lot to do with Ethiopia and it is interested to receive capacity building support in the sphere of TVET.

Commercial Bank of Ethiopia has opened its branch in Juba and the Ethiopian business community has already been operating in South Sudan he said and adding his government is committed to flourish business.

He said his country admires Ethiopia's unreserved commitment and support in furthering their relations.


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