South Sudan

Arab League Turns Attention to S.Sudan


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Nabil who was speaking after receiving a letter of appreciation from the President of the Republic of South Sudan, delivered by the country’s Foreign minister Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin, said “this is a beginning of strong relations with South Sudan” affirming the Leagues’ full support to the government.

Health, education and humanitarian assistance are some of the areas the Secretary General assured the government of.

He said “the doors are open for you if you want to be part of the Arab world.

The minister told Nabil el Arabi that South Sudan is in the process of opening more embassies in the Arab countries and which he said requires a push from the secretary general to establish good relations with countries like Morocco and Algeria.

This follows a call by the South Sudan minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin, on the league of Arab states to support the efforts by the regional bloc, Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to end the conflict in the World’s youngest nation.

Dr Benjamin who was addressing session number 141 of the league of Arab states on Sunday on the invitation of the Secretary General, Nabil al Arabi, said peace in South Sudan has direct socio economic and political impacts on the people and the government of Khartoum, not sparing the rest of the region.

The Minister urged the league to ‘strongly condemn’ the continues violations being carried out by the rebels of the former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar on the cessation of hostilities signed on the 23rd January this year.

He told the Arab league that the league has a role through IGAD to bring stability in Sudan and South Sudan so that peace and development prevails.

South Sudan is endowed with a lot of natural resources and all the Arab investments are welcome to invest especially on mining, agriculture, wildlife and tourism, the foreign Affairs Minister underlined.

The honourable minister further revealed plans by the government to increase representations in the Arab states especially in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates that the Hon. Benjamin said are aimed at strengthening the countries relations with the Arab states.

The Minister also had side meetings with Foreign Ministers from Iraq, Bahrain, Algeria, Sudan and the organisation of the Islamic conference. Hon. Barnaba is in Cairo to brief the Arab League on the situation in South Sudan.



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