The Republic of Uganda and the Government of South Sudan on Wednesday signed a Framework Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding aimed at strengthening the bilateral cooperation between the two nations.
It is the first time the two nations have entered into such kind of deal since the creation of South Sudan mid last year.
The deal was signed in Kampala by Henry Okello Oryem, Uganda’s State Minister for International Affairs on behalf of Uganda while South Sudan was represented by Nhial Deng Nhial, the country’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation.
Uganda’s ICT Minister Ruhakana Rugunda who was present at the event reiterated the need for both nations to work together and overcome the challenges they face as a region.
The deal will see the two nations cooperate on matters of infrastructure projects like roads and railway lines including undergoing joint military exercises.
This comes after East African leaders deferred South Sudan’s application for entry into the East Africa Community, the Economic regional bloc that unites East African Nations Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.
South Sudan had applied for membership together with Somalia.
Uganda supported the South Sudanese struggle for independence in a war that lasted over two decades and played a key role in the peace deal between the South and the north that helped South Sudan gain autonomy.