A special envoy from the president of the Republic of South Sudan, General Salva Kiir has delivered a special message to Acting President, Cde Joice Mujuru for the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe.
The Republic of South Sudan Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Dr Barnaba Benjamin led a high powered delegation to Zimbabwe to deliver a special message from President Kiir.
Dr Benjamin delivered the message to Acting President Mujuru for President Mugabe.
In an interview after a closed door meeting with Cde Mujuru at her Munhumutapa Offices in Harare, Dr Benjamin said his president is expressing gratitude to Cde Mugabe for the unwavering support rendered to his country during the war of liberation of the Republic of South Sudan.
“We have come here on behalf of our president to thank the president of Zimbabwe, the government and the people of Zimbabwe for the great assistance they have given us during the days of our liberation struggle. We have also come to thank President R.G Mugabe for coming to South Sudan and joining us in celebrating our independence. So we have brought the message in form of a letter which I have handed to the Acting President, Cde Joice Mujuru which actually spells out the message and what our president would like to share with His Excellency, President Mugabe,” said Dr Benjamin.
The country declared its independence on the 9th of July this year.
He noted that the visit to Zimbabwe is also aimed at updating Sudanâ€™s closest ally of the progress made so far in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, whose mediator, former South African president, Mr Thabo Mbeki has worked hard to ensure that it is fully implemented.
Zimbabwe and the Republic of South Sudan enjoy strong bilateral ties as Harare assisted that country materially and morally during its struggle for self determination after 50 years of conflict with its northern neighbour, Sudan.
The people of South Sudan overwhelmingly voted for independence from the North in a referendum held in January this year and President Mugabe led a Zimbabwean delegation to witness the independence celebrations on the 9th of July this year.