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South Sudan foreign minister to visit Khartoum

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January 6, 2013 (JUBA/KHARTOUM) – The South Sudanese foreign affairs minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin will most likely travel to Khartoum on Tuesday, the ministry’s spokesperson Mawien Makol told Sudan Tribune.

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South Sudan’s foreign affairs minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin, September 13, 2011 (ST)

The visit comes a day after Sudan’s president Omer Hassan al-Bashir visited his South Sudanese counterpart, Salva Kiir, in the wake of ongoing political unrest in the new nation.

Marial earlier told the pro-government Ashorooq TV that he would visit Khartoum to discuss the outcome of the Bashir-Kiir summit on the joint border force proposal.

Bashir has vowed to support ongoing peace talks seeking to restore stability in the country.

On Saturday, Marial told reporters in Juba that he was optimistic Khartoum would exert positive efforts to achieve reconciliation between South Sudan’s conflicting parties, stressing that Khartoum was at equal distance from the two warring sides.

US DECISION CRITICISED

He also criticised Washington’s decision to reduce the number of its embassy staff in Juba, describing the move as “unwise”.

Washington began withdrawing its non-essential staff in Juba in mid-December and said on Friday that it would evacuate more staff, urging all US nationals to leave South Sudan.

The US embassy said that as of 4January it would no longer be able to provide any consular services to its citizens in the country.

The evacuation order comes as ceasefire talks get underway in Ethiopian capital Addis Abababetween the South Sudanese government delegation and rebels loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar.

Last month, clashes erupted in South Sudan amid fighting among a group of soldiers in the capital, Juba. The violence quickly spread to other states, leaving over 1,000 dead and nearly 200,000 homeless.

East African regional leaders and the international community have already backed calls for dialogue in a country, which suffered over two decades of civil war before a 2005 peace deal led to its independence from Sudan two years ago.

(ST)

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  • 7 January 09:17, by kumkan

    Marial Bil Lual,
    Keep saving your uncle Kir, we will get you and remember you are not going to come nor representing us in Uroor. You better go kiss Al Basher feet may be you will find a safe heaven there. You are no longer welcome in county or claiming yourself to be Greater Akobian son. We don’t need you go back to your mom side...Dinka bahrelgazel!

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    • 7 January 11:52, by Sir King

      Kumkan,
      Not only that but also, President Bashir doesn’t want Kiir’s government to fall because he robbed South Sudan of Oil revenue in Kiir’s administration. Where and which country tax a barrel at $6. Chan only pays $0.5 and Angola pays the same while Sudan takes $6 which is out of interantional norm. Shame on them.

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      • 7 January 12:01, by Sir King

        .....This is so because Kiir’s administration is weak and frail and can’t manage anything better for the Republic of South Sudan. I am not a Dr. Riek’s supporter but I am standing for change so that we get rid of this weak government. South Sudan are puzzling to why private Gogrial cattle keepers are killing civilians on tribal line while a COUP mostly doesn’t involve civilians, but only military.

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        • 7 January 12:06, by Sir King

          .... The world, International community should help us and dispose this Primitive President who is totally incompetents and he is doing nothing in South Sudan. Look here! Bring in Museveni, a dictator from Uganda for nothing. How can foreign troops come to another nation. Is it explotation or sealing peace? Kiir must put in his mind that Civilians have nothing to do with Coup as he do mention it.

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          • 7 January 12:08, by Sir King

            But why does Kiir refuse transformation in the leadership? What does he know about this really? God should help South Sudanese and assist them by disposing this weak leader so that we remain in peace and hormony. Amen

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            • 7 January 12:11, by Sir King

              .....I tell you, even Bashir himself who is the first enemy is better than Kiir. Kiir is totally the failure to this nation. Mawooooo! What a weak leader on earth!

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              • 7 January 15:41, by kumkan

                You are absolutely right Sir King! This money lover name Salvador he’s the worst God has offer to SS. He doesn’t know any better than felling his own stomach. The international communities are monitoring his failed move and watch Sudan’s sanction would not be remove because he is violating the international laws. Wait, we will hear something different in few days.

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  • 7 January 17:47, by Dengdittueny

    Kim can you get regime chane through bloodshet of people. Shame on you short sighted man

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