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Newsline: Vatican appears set to open first embassy in South Sudan

Pope Francis appears set to order the opening of the Vatican’s first permanent embassy in South Sudan in a gesture of solidarity with a country that has suffered a devastating civil war since 2013. The bishops’ conference for Sudan and South Sudan announced the move in a release June 6, saying it had received word from the Vatican’s Secretariat of State that Kenyan Msgr. Mark Kadima would shortly be named as South Sudan’s first resident apostolic nuncio. “I express to His Holiness heartfelt gratitude,” said Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala, president of the conference. “This step of our Holy Father truly cools the hearts of downtrodden war victims in these nations and … symbolizes the honest friendly ties between South Sudan and the Holy See.” South Sudan has had an apostolic nuncio, or Vatican ambassador, since 2013 in Archbishop Charles Balvo. But Balvo, who is originally from New York, has conducted his work from Nairobi, Kenya.



Newsline: Sudan summons CAR envoy to protest killing of ambassador’s guard

Sudan’s foreign ministry summoned the Central African Republic (CAR) Ambassador to protest the killing of a Sudanese security agent killed by the local police inside the residence of its ambassador in Bangui. The security agent was mistakenly killed by the members of the Central Office for the Suppression of Banditry (OCRB), who thought he was a member militia member as the situation remained tense in the CAR capital on Friday after the death of some 24 people on Tuesday in attacks on a church and a mosque. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Gharib Allah Khidir said they handed over an official protest note to the CAR Ambassador Abdel Rahim Abdallah demanding to arrest the perpetrators of te attack and bring them to justice. Also, Sudan requested to provide the needed security to protect the mission, the ambassador and its team members. The Sudanese foreign ministry said the slain security agent was the guard of the ambassador’s residence. Ambassador Khidir said CAR Central African President Faustin-Archange Touadera paid a visit to the ambassador’s residence to offer his condolences and pledged to bring the perpetrators to justice.


Newsline: South Sudan diplomat mistaken for bandit, shot dead in Central African Republic

An aide to South Sudan’s ambassador to the Central African Republic (CAR) was shot and killed in the country’s capital, Bangui on Friday. The unnamed official, AFP reported, was shot by men from the Central Office for the Suppression of Banditry (OCRB) who mistook him for a bandit. The incident reportedly took place after the OCRB men spotted aide with a weapon in his car and pursued him till his residence in Bangui. The Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadera has reportedly apologised for the shooting of the embassy official. South Sudan’s foreign affairs ministry is yet to comment on the incident.


Newsline: South Sudan Embassy Worker in US Says Went Unpaid for a Year

An employee of South Sudan’s embassy in Washington says the embassy owes him more than a year’s back salary — another indication of mounting financial problems for the war-ravaged country’s government. In January, South Sudan closed its embassy in London after not paying rent on the building for five months. There is no sign South Sudan’s embassy in Washington will go the same route, but its driver, Manyok Lual, suggests the embassy is having cash flow problems. In an interview with VOA’s South Sudan in Focus, Lual, 44, said employees of the embassy went a year without getting paid until this month, when diplomats received two months of salary arrears and local employees like himself received one month. “They say we don’t have money in the country, the country is at war now … and just hang on, when we get the money, we will pay you. And it is quite a long time without getting paid,” Lual said. Multiple sources at the embassy say the country has been paying its rent, but sometimes delays its payments by three to five days.


Newsline: South Sudan recalls its ambassador to US

South Sudan has recalled its ambassador to the United States, a day after the American government imposed an arms embargo on the East African nation, presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said. Ateny, said Garang Diing Akuong has been recalled for further consultations without giving details. The South Sudanese envoy was deployed to Washington in May 2015. “This is routine for any country to recall its ambassador for further consultations. It may not be related to the arms embargo,” Ateny told Xinhua by phone. The Trump administration on Friday announced arms embargo on South Sudan and urged the UN Security Council to enforce a global arms ban on the world’s youngest nation. The U.S. also called on the African Union (AU) and the East African regional bloc, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to consider sanctions measures against those who undermine the peace process.


Newsline: South Sudan’s London Embassy Closes Due to Inability to Pay Rent

A South Sudanese diplomat says his country’s embassy in London has been closed due to a failure to pay rent since August. A reporter for VOA’s South Sudan in Focus confirmed that South Sudan’s embassy in Great Britain was closed on Tuesday. A spokesman for South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs insisted his government has not received official notice from its landlord in London. “We are trying to our best so that we are able to pay the arrears that are needed by the landlords,” Mawien Makol Arik told VOA. Makol acknowledged the embassy is experiencing financial difficulties. South Sudan’s government announced in 2015 it would temporarily close down many of its embassies as the war-torn country’s economy deteriorated. The country has about 24 embassies and missions in Africa, Middle East, Europe, Asia and America. In June last year South Sudan recalled its top diplomats from seven countries, but said the recalls have nothing to do with the country’s economic crisis.


Newsline: South Sudan ambassador to Russia denies defection

South Sudanese Ambassador to Russia Telar Deng denied reports claiming he had defected from the government of President Salva Kiir and joined the opposition groups. Recently there were reports circulating in the social media claiming that Ambassador Deng, an old friend of the South Sudanese president discussed ways to remove Kiir with a number of opposition officials in a meeting held in Nairobi at the house of the Rebeca Nyandeng de Mabior, widow of the late SPLM leader John Garang during the first week of January 2018. “Rumor mongers will one day stop what they are spreading about my rebellion. I am still an Ambassador accredited to Russian Federation,” said the South Sudanese diplomat in a statement he extended to Sudan Tribune.