ADDIS ABABA,The government of South Sudan has approached Tanzania to provide training in the health and agriculture sectors as well as for teachers to teach the Kiswahili language in its schools.

The country's Vice-President, General Taban Deng Gai, made the appeal during a meeting with Tanzania Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan on the sidelines of the 29th ordinary session of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government which ended in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Tuesday.

Gen. Taban Deng also expressed gratitude for Tanzania's efforts in restoring peace in that strife-torn country, particularly through the East African Community (EAC), of which South Sudan is the newest member.

He appealed to Tanzania to "bear with us" as it struggles to restore peace. The South Sudanese leader informed Samia that Tanzania was among his country's key development partners, and called for more support to address security challenges and in improvement of social amenities.

The Tanzanian Vice-President assured Gen. Taban Deng that Tanzania was ready to support his country to maintain peace and security as well help in the provision of social services for its population.

However, for the co-operation to be fruitful the foreign affairs ministries of the two countries should draft a joint co-operation framework which will give details on areas of bilateral relations and their implementation given the fact that the young nation faces a number of challenges, she stated.

She also urged the foreign affairs ministries of these countries to put in place a joint co-operation framework as soon as possible for the benefit of people from the two countries.

However, Samia voiced concern over the rate of maternal deaths in South Sudan and appealed to the Juba government to put in place conducive infrastructure and medical supplies to address the challenge.

While attending the summit here this week, Samia also held talks with the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Anerood Jugnauth, and used the opportunity to woo investors from Port Louis to Tanzania.

Tanzania will continue to cement its co-operation with Mauritius and learn from it how Dar could improve its own tourism and sugar production, she remarked. On his part, the Mauritius leader assured Samia of continued bilateral co-operation for the interests of people from the two countries.