Juba, South Sudan: President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Wednesday received credentials from five Ambassadors accredited to the Republic of South Sudan.
According to the Office of the President, “there were three diplomats (3) including resident ambassadors from the European Union, the France Republic and the Kingdom of Norway and two non-resident ambassadors from the Kingdom of Belgium and the Italian Republic.”
The newly accredited heads of mission include; Amb. Timo Olkonen of the European Union, Amb. Christian Bader of French, Amb. Linken Nymann Berryman of the Kingdom of Norway, Amb. Rudi Veestaeten of the Kingdom of Belgium, and Amb. Agostino Palese from the Italian Republic.
Speaking to the media after the accreditation ceremony, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mayiik Ayii Deng, said the President formally welcomed all of the Ambassadors to the Republic of South Sudan and urged them to work hand-in-hand with their host’s counterparts to deepen diplomatic relations with their home countries.
In addition, the accredited ambassadors renewed their commitments to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in areas of peace and development.
On the same day, President Salva Kiir Mayardit met with a high-level United Nations delegation led by the Undersecretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix and the Chef de Cabinet of the United Nations Secretary-General, Courtenay Rattray.
The meeting between the President and the UN officials focused on the issues related to peace and security in the Country.
In his remarks to the media, the Chef de Cabinet of the United Nations Secretary-General, Courtenay Rattray, said they discussed a wide range of pressing issues, including the devastating consequences of floods across the Country, adding that the UN remains committed to supporting South Sudan through humanitarian donations in different areas of needs.
In attendance were the Presidential Advisor on National Security Affairs, Tut Gatluak Manime; the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mayiik Ayii Deng; and Cabinet Affairs Minister Dr. Martin Elia Lomoro.