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Mohammed VI visit to Juba: South Sudan Seeks Morocco’s Help to Build New Capital
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI arrived in war-torn South Sudan on Wednesday evening for a state visit aimed at strengthening bilateral and economic ties between the two countries.
During this visit, Moroccan Monarch has expressed Morocco’s readiness to assist the newly African independent country, its know-how to help constructing a new administrative capital.
A very important Moroccan delegation including experts in the fields of construction, urban planning and architecture travelled to Juba upon directives from King Mohammed VI with the aim to examine the needs in terms of a project to build a new administrative capital in the country.
During his current visit to Juba, King Mohammed VI has chaired the signing ceremony of nine cooperation agreements.
Recently, in a humanitarian gesture reflective of the King’s care to bring a helping hand to the South Sudanese people, a Moroccan multi-purpose military field hospital was set up in Juba.
With a capacity of 30 beds that can be extended to 60, the hospital has 20 specialist doctors, assisted by 18 nurses providing medical services in pediatrics, internal medicine, surgery, cardiology, traumatology, dentistry, ophthalmology and ENT medicine. The facility also houses a medical laboratory and a pharmacy.
The visit comes after the King attended the 28th African Union Summit held in Addis Abeba on January 30-31. During the Summit, Morocco was officially announced a fully fledged member of the AU with a sweeping majority support from member countries.
Foreign Minister Deng Alor Kuol told journalists the people of South Sudan and Morocco would benefit immensely from the renewed diplomatic engagement between the two countries.
“His coming to South Sudan after readmission to African Union is a big recognition to the people of South Sudan,” Alor said.