Archive for August 30th, 2011


South Sudan: Yet Another Kitchen-Garden?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Baher Kamal

That was expected; nevertheless, the announcement that agricultural development will be among the top cooperation priorities between Israel and South Sudan has raised fresh, deep fears in Cairo and Khartoum that intensive farming techniques and dams construction will end up depriving Sudan and Egypt from a vital portion of their Nile water sharing already scarce quotas.

image: Bertramz | Wikimedia Commons

During the first official visit to Juba after South Sudan’s independence on July 9th, an Israeli delegation chaired by the Knesset deputy speaker Danny Danon met with South Sudan’s minister of Presidential Affairs and Foreign Minister in charge Deng Alor, who confirmed on August 29th the soon exchange of ambassadors between the two countries.

South Sudan’s high official said that cooperation between his country and Israel will comprise agricultural development, as well oil, mining, roads, and bridges. The Israeli delegation, which also met South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir, said that Israel will cooperate with South Sudan in the areas of agriculture, science and technology.

Reacting to South Sudan’s decision to established diplomatic ties with Israel, Rabii Abdul Atti, of Sudanese ruling National Congress Party, warned on August 29th that such a decision constitutes a “threat to the Arabs and the entire region.”

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