Home | News    Tuesday 7 January 2014

South Sudan foreign minister to visit Khartoum


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.

JPEG - 59.7 kb
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.


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.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 7 January 2014 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!

    repondre message

    • 7 January 2014 11:52, by Sir King

      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.

      repondre message

      • 7 January 2014 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.

        repondre message

        • 7 January 2014 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.

          repondre message

          • 7 January 2014 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

            repondre message

            • 7 January 2014 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!

              repondre message

              • 7 January 2014 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.

                repondre message

  • 7 January 2014 17:47, by Dengdittueny

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

    repondre message

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Sudan: An ailing dictatorship, looming public protest, and desperate evasive tricks 2018-01-16 10:31:43 By TRAYO A. Ali In Khartoum, the capital city of Sudan (the city that knows no secrets, as is always described) the talk there is not about the uncomfortable Weather, which in this Season is (...)

What is going on between Egypt and Sudan? 2018-01-15 08:50:56 By Ahmed H Adam Ongoing tensions in the Red Sea region came to the fore in late December, when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Sudan as part of his Africa tour. During the visit, (...)

South Sudan’s vicious tyrant 2018-01-13 09:12:40 By Duop Chak Wuol The Republic of South Sudan is being run by a man with a reputation for having a ruthless heart and tyrannical brain. Salva Kiir's presidency, which promotes tribal divisions (...)


Latest Press Releases

South Sudanese rights group call to release political detainees 2017-12-10 07:50:31 THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: 10 DECEMBER 2017: SSHURSA CALLS ON ALL TO ACTION FOR SOUTH SUDANESE The 10 December usually marks the international human rights day. SSHURSA notes with (...)

Reactions to government agencies’ conspiracy against Greater Bor community 2017-10-08 07:54:31 By Manyok Abraham Thuch & Kuch Kuol Deng A monkey business or a donkey business in the government of the republic of South Sudan against the citizens is unacceptable. Therefore, we as youth (...)

Amnesty calls to release Nubian activists detained over protest for cultural rights 2017-09-12 20:47:54 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 12 September 2017 Egypt: Release 24 Nubian activists detained after protest calling for respect of their cultural rights Egyptian authorities should (...)


Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.