The Nigerian government and South Sudan have signed a cooperation agreement on education, oil and gas, trade, health, culture and technical among others,

Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, signed on behalf of Nigeria while South Sudan's Foreign Affairs Minister, Nhial Deng Nhial, signed for his country.

After the signing of the agreement, Onyeama said: “It is a general cooperation agreement that involves other areas but not security, the area of cooperation include economic, education, technical, health, sports, culture among others.

“The agreement signed does not involve security and defence, we do not have any boot on ground in the place.

“It is just a guideline, there will be specific agreements between the Ministries, Department and Agencies of the two countries.

“We want to institutionalise our commitment and support to your country and we are signing a cooperation agreement, which we hope will be a framework that will enhance our deep relations.

“For us, we believe it will be a `win-win` for the two countries to have meaningful and profitable cooperation between us,” he said.

He said that Nigeria’s involvement and engagement in South Sudan was deep because the two countries had a lot of things in common.

“Nigeria is part of group of countries called IGAD plus showing that with your country and the countries of IGAD are keen to have peace in South Sudan.

“Your country is rich in resources, in petrol and other resources and also human resources, and well educated people.

“We believe we can achieve greater things economically, socially and to really push for greater engagement between our two countries,” he said.

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The visiting Minister commended Nigeria for the support given to his country through which peace and stability were being entrenched.

He pleaded for the support of Nigeria in ensuring permanent peace and stability in the country.

Nigeria’s effort toward the peace agreement was appreciated we are also grateful to a number of African countries that have been part of the peace agreement.

“I welcome the cooperation agreement and share your sentiment on the cooperation between the two countries.

“We have a lot of difficulties and hardship; we have not had the degree of political stability that we like to see.

“And, indeed with the support of IGAD and Nigeria we have been able to reach another peace agreement that we are about to implement,” he said

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