July 8, 2011

President Isaias Arrives In Juba To Participate In Official Celebrations Marking Declaration Of Republic Of South Sudan

Asmara, 8 July 2011 – President Isaias Afwerki arrived in Juba city to participate in the official celebrations marking the declaration of the Republic of South Sudan due to take place tomorrow.

On arrival at Juba International Airport, the President was accorded warm welcome by senior officials and Commanders of the Government of South Sudan and that of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

Earlier, an Eritrean government delegation headed by Foreign Minister Osman Saleh that included Mr. Yemane Gebreab, Head of Political Affairs at the PFDJ, and Mr. Abdala Jabir, Head of Organizational Affairs at the Front arrived in Juba on July 6 to take part in the celebrations.

It is to be recalled that 98.8% of the people of South Sudan voted for secession from North Sudan in the referendum conducted on 9 January 2011 in line with the comprehensive Naivasha peace agreement signed in 2005.

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