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Minister vows to improve foreign policy

By Mamer Abraham

Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, James Pitia Morgan, who is praised for being a workaholic, has promised to advance the country’s foreign policy.

Speaking during his welcoming ceremony, Pitia said he was willing to maintain the working spirit for the attainment of foreign policy goals.

“I have come here to work with you so that we can be able to achieve our goals and foreign policy. We have only one foreign policy, and we work to advance it. I want to thank our President,” Pitia said.

He urged the diplomats to endeavor while being mindful of South Sudan’s international, regional, and national issues.

Morgan further called for cooperation, effective communication, and the utmost support for the success of the ministry.

Endless joy

The former acting minister for foreign affairs and international cooperation, Deng Dau Deng, pledged his utmost support to the course of the ministry during his tenure at the parliamentary chamber.

“I will work with my colleagues at the Foreign Affairs Committee to ensure that the challenges facing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are adequately addressed. That’s how we can build our country,” Deng said.

Deng believes that being sacked does mark bliss and fiesta, similar to the day of an appointment in the office.

“This is a noble occasion today; we must celebrate when we are appointed as well as when we are going out. I will continue to support this ministry from the Parliament Chamber,” he advised.

Mayen Dut Wol, the undersecretary in the ministry, urged the new minister to pick up from Deng’s six-month landslide performance at the ministry while he was the acting minister.

“Hon. Deng demonstrated remarkable dedication and leadership; we are grateful for his contributions, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors,” he said.

“As we embark on this new chapter with Honorable Ambassador Dr. James Pitia Morgan at the helm, we must also acknowledge the challenges that lie before us.”

Morgan was appointed to the ministry by a Presidential Decree on August 31, 2023, replacing former acting minister, Deng Dau Deng, who was relieved of his duties on the same day.

Previous tenure

James Pitia Morgan was the former South Sudan Ambassador to Ethiopia, and the permanent representative to the African Union, and a member of the IGAD Committee of Ambassadors before his new assignment at the Ministry of foreign Affairs.

He joined the ministry of foreign affairs in Khartoum after the 2005 comprehensive peace agreement in 2006. He later served as Sudan’s deputy head of mission in Jakarta, Indonesia, before secession from 2009 to 2011.

In 2012, he served as South Sudan’s Deputy Head of Mission in New Delhi, India. And later became South Sudan’s deputy ambassador to Kenya from 2014 to 2016.


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