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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

South Sudan resists pressure to cut ties with Israel

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir told Israeli MK Danny Danon on Monday that South Sudan will uphold its diplomatic relations with Israel, despite pressure from Abu Mazen and Ismail Haniyeh to break relations.
"I told them that I see Israeli embassies in Jordan and Egypt, and South Sudan is not an Arab state," Kiir explained to Danon, who flew to the world's youngest country on a visit intended to strengthen diplomatic ties and discuss refugees.

Kiir also agreed to Danon's request that the future South Sudanese embassy to Israel be built in Jerusalem, and said he would visit Israel.

The new African country's Deputy Parliament Speaker Daniel Akot said that "Israel is like a big brother to South Sudan," and recounted that Israeli flags were waved at the state's declaration of independence, 59 days ago.

Kiir asked Danon to promote vocational training for Sudanese refugees in Israel, so they could successfully return to their homeland.
This is beginning to look like a win-win situation for Israel.

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At 6:06 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The African Christian population of Sudan held no great love for their Arab Muslim oppressors. Israel can do a great deal to help the South Sudanese build a stable, prosperous, secure and democratic country. We wish them the best!

At 3:54 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

And, assuming the South Sudanese are ready to produce a better life on this planet, Israel and the U.S. can start teaming up with them, finding the talented in all the various talents (science, music, math, lit, etc.) and get offer them a spot on international teams. When the talented (and life affirming) team leaders emerge, follow them!


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