South Sudan in rightful place among peer nations, says Kiir

By William Madouk

President Salva Kiir Mayardit said the tarnished image of South Sudan due to persistent conflicts is gradually changing in some capitals.

According to him, this is due to significant progress they have made in implementing the revitalized peace agreement.

“The international image problem that we have had as a result of war is gradually changing in some capitals, thanks for the significant progress we have made in implementing the revitalized peace agreement,” President Kiir said.

Speaking during the inauguration of the parliament, the President said his country now can play a positive role in bringing about peace in the region.

“After putting our own house in order, we have now assumed our rightful place as a responsible member of our region who could be entrusted with peace-making,” he added.

The President, for instance, underlined his role in mediating Sudanese peace talk that led to signing of Juba Peace Agreement, and deployment of SSPDF peace-keeping mission to Eastern DR Congo as vital steps.

Kiir said his administration’s program continues to pursue a balanced policy based on the principles of cooperation and none interference into other sovereign countries’ affairs.

He further directed the Minister of Foreign Affairs to set foreign policy goals that should led to lifting of sanctions, arms embargo and among others.

“As we work to earn our rightful place in community of nations, I am directing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to pursue our Foreign Policy Goals,” he directed his acting foreign affairs minister.

“…asking regional and international support to the successful implementation of R-ARCSS, lifting of sanctions and arms embargo and working closely with the African Union to amicably resolve the border issues with our neighbors,” he continued.

The head-of-state also directed that the ministry of foreign affairs should be catered with necessary support including release of funds to clear arrears for diplomatic mission and subscriptions for regional and international bodies.

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