Foreign Relations of South Sudan

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December 8, 2011
President of South Sudan receives credentials of four ambassadors accredited to the Republic of South Sudan. A special ceremony was held at the Presidential Guest House in Juba.

  • Amb. Moayad Fathallah Mohammed – Ambassador of Egypt
  • Amb. Chrition Bader – Ambassador of France
  • Amb. Susan Page – Ambassador of USA
  • Amb. Jan Sedak – Ambassador of Sweden

November 10, 2011
President of Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit asserted that his government will not support any armed opposition groups against the Khartoum government.

October 19, 2011
Special Envoy of Cuba to Republic of South Sudan Clara Pulido Esoandoll announces Cuba's support to South Sudan to realize the dreams of the people of South Sudan

September 7, 2011
Special Envoy of Pakistan Seema Naqvi meets President of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit. She expresses Pakistan's readiness for immediate diplomatic relations with South Sudan.

August 19, 2011
The ruling party in South Sudan, the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) congratulated Susan Page on her being selected as a candidate to become the US’s first ambassador to South Sudan. She is currently United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Affairs.

August 10, 2011
Russian Federation Ambassador Sergey N Shishkin met Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Deng Alor Kuol today in his office met to discuss the diplomatic and bilateral relations between the two nations. Sergey said that Russia recognizes South Sudan and that Russian companies are keen to invest in the nation.

August 7, 2011
Country Coordinating Mechanism – South Sudan (CCM-SS) secretariat has announced that Global Fund, an international institution financing projects leading the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, has announced that it will grant South Sudan membership on the August 15, 2011.

July 29, 2011
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has named Haile Menkerios was appointed special envoy for Sudan and South Sudan. Amongst other tasks, Menkerios, who has extensive experience on African issues, will mediate remaining tensions between the newly-divided nations.

Relations with Sudan

  • April 29, 2012: Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir has declared State Emergency in the three states which are neighboring with South Sudan. As per the Presidential decree, the states of South Kordofan, Sennar and White Nile are now under State Emergency.
  • On 25 March 2012, Republic of South Sudan blames Khartoum for postponing the joint meeting scheduled to have taken place on March 22-23. The meeting was regarding the disputed territory of Abyei. Luka Biong Deng, a co chair of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee representing South Sudan said, “This is the third time it has been postponed and it has been postponed indefinitely this. No date has been picked”,
  • On 22 March 2012, South Sudan invited President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir for talks to resolve the differences between the two countries.
  • On 11 February 2012 Sudan and South Sudan have signed a non-aggression treaty.
  • On December 29, 2011 Sudan said that it has decided to officially file a complaint against South Sudan to the UNSC for supporting Darfur rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).
  • On 10 November 2011, President of Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit asserted that his government will not support any armed opposition groups against the Khartoum government.

Relations with Cuba

  • On October 19, 2011, Special Envoy of Cuba to Republic of South Sudan Clara Pulido Esoandoll announces Cuba's support to South Sudan to realize the dreams of the people of South Sudan.

Relations with Pakistan

  • On September 8, 2011, a Pakistan delegation led by Ambassador Seema Naqvi visits Juba. The delegation is welcomed by Minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin

Relations with Australia

  • On July 10,2011, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard pledged $16 million in foreign aid to assist South Sudan deliver basic services such as education, maternal health, sanitation and to support rural livelihoods.
  • The joint statement issued along with Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd read, 'Working with the international community, Australia stands ready to support the people of South Sudan and Sudan build a viable and secure future'.

Relations with Japan

December 20, 2011: The Japanese Government endorses a plan to send a Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) engineering unit to South Sudan as part of the United Nations peacekeeping activities. The unit will help improve infrastructure, including the maintenance and repair of roads. The scope of the project is set with a five year deadline and a reconnaissance team will head first to South Sudan to survey the region. The fact-finding team will visit South Sudan in January 2012 and a team up to 330 personnel are expected to arrive in June 2012.

Relations with The Netherlands

  • May 4, 2012: President Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit received the credential about Cornelis Theodorvs Van Baar appointment as the Dutch Ambassador to South Sudan.

December 22, 2011: The Dutch government decides to participate in UN peace keeping activities in South Sudan. The Netherlands will send 30 policemen to South Sudan in 2012 to train the police force, which would cost the Dutch around 1.8 million euros.

Relations with South Korea

  • South Korea began working with South Sudan even before the later attained its independence.
  • Exchange and co-operation through private-public delegation are allowed. The Development cooperation review team was sent in April and May 2011.
  • The 1st Korea-South Sudan Policy Consultation was held in May 2011
  • July 2011: South Korean Minister for Special Affairs Lee Jae-oh and South Sudan's Foreign Minister Deng Alor Kuol signed the Protocol on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, forging ambassadorial diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Relations with Saudi Arabia

  • July 11, 2011: Saudi Arabia formally welcomed the formation of South Sudan.
    • The Council of Ministers had their weekly meeting chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah and said, 'This will contribute to the stability and security in that region besides realizing the aspirations of the Sudanese people'.

Other related news

August 7, 2011: Country Coordinating Mechanism – South Sudan (CCM-SS) secretariat has announced that Global Fund, an international institution financing projects leading the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, has announced that it will grant South Sudan membership on the August 15, 2011.
  • July 12, 2011: Minister for Information Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin said that efforts are put for the nation to join international organizations and groups such as the United Nations, African Union, COMESA, IGAD, and the East African Community.

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