By Akol Madut Ngong
President Salva Kiir Mayardit has urged the South Sudan Ambassador to the Republic of Uganda to strongly contribute to the development of the bilateral ties between Juba and Kampala.
Kiir’s appeal to the new Ambassador came yesterday when he bid farewell to South Sudan Ambassador designate to Uganda Simon Juach who has replaced Ambassador Simon Duku Michael.
The President told his Ambassador to focus on the current cooperation between South Sudan and Uganda and on how the relations can be further developed with special prominence on the economy, trade and security.
He has emphasizedto the Ambassador the importance of South Sudan’s relation with Uganda.
The President wished the ambassador good luck in his new assignment and urged the ambassador to contribute strongly to the development of the bilateral relations between the two countries.
South Sudan and Uganda have the longest term relation before independent during SPLM/A struggle since 1983 while after independence Uganda has been in strong relations with South Sudan.
Ugandans are the biggest diaspora community in South Sudan involved in formal and informal business also the most daring people in the region.
The two sisterly countries had signed a memorandum of understanding in 2012 but before all these could be implemented in 2013, trade took another turn as war broke out in South Sudan, fear of conflict following South Sudan’s independence in 2011.