This is an historic, first visit by the president of this new country, the 193rd state recognized by the United Nations half a year ago.
(Communicated by the Deputy Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
On Monday (19 December) Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon received Salva Kiir, President of the Republic of South Sudan, on his arrival in Israel. This is an historic, first visit by the president of this new country, the 193rd state recognized by the United Nations half a year ago.
President Kiir arrived for a one-day visit accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nhial Deng Nhial, Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs Gen. John Kong Nyuon, and Minister at the Office of the President Emmanuel Lowilla.
Deputy FM Ayalon told the visiting president: "Your choice of Israel for one of your first visits as president reflects the deep friendship and natural partnership between South Sudan and Israel. Ties between our two countries will continue to strengthen. There is great potential for cooperation between us, and your visit is very important in the establishment of cooperation in many fields, including economic relations, agriculture, water, energy, and more."
Ayalon added that South Sudan’s achievement of independence through historic reconciliation, followed by acceptance as a member of the United Nations, is a worthy model for the Palestinians as well: "The story of your independence should serve as a shining example for all those who seek to achieve lasting peace in the Middle East. A state cannot come into being as a virtual entity."