South Africa and South Sudan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on co-operation in defence which will see the armed forces of the two countries conducting joint military exercises, training and capacity building.

South African Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said the agreement would pave the way for the formation of joint defence committee, which will meet regularly and advise on areas of co-operation.

Her South Sudan counterpart, Kuol Manyang Juuk, said the agreement would strengthen relations between the two countries.

The MoU provides for the exchange of knowledge and training in peace-keeping and support between South Africa and South Sudan as well capacity building.

The two countries' defence committees will agree on areas of co-operation.

Mapisa-Nqakula said: It's important for the (South Sudan) defence force to have contact with our defence force so that maybe they can take a few lessons, including lessons for mistakes which we may have committed.

Also in focus is the current security situation in South Sudan, where a civil war has left thousands dead and at least a quarter of a million children on the edge of starvation.

South Africa is a guarantor to a cessation of hostilities agreement which has been violated several times.

Source: NAM News Network

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