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South Sudan names first ambassador to Israel


September 3, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan on Wednesday announced the appointment of Ruben Marial Benjamin as its first ambassador to Israel, several months after making the government made the nomination. Ajiing Adiang Marik was also named as the country’s official representative to Italy.

The announcements come after the Israeli and Italian governments officially accepted the nominees.

Ambassador Mawien Makol, spokesperson for the ministry of foreign affairs, told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday it was the first time the country would have full diplomatic representation in both countries, since gaining independence from neighbouring Sudan in 2011.

The appointment of the two diplomats is seen as an attempt by the government to increase its diplomatic presence in key strategic countries.

One of the world’s poorest countries, South Sudan’s future depends much on the cooperation of its allies and neighbours.

One of the young nation’s immediate challenges is to shape ties with allies, old and new, as countries line up to sign investment deals and pledge development dollars.

Makol says the appointment of the two diplomats means South Sudan is now presented with a total of 25 embassies across the world.

“Previously, there were 23 embassies, but with these appointments we will have 25 embassies representing the country in key countries,” Makol said.


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  • 4 September 2014 08:25, by Awei-ngok

    This is a very good development. Having links with the Israeli government is a big acheivement as this will boost our security since it is always threatened by Khartoum with its allied militia warlords in South Sudan....Riek Machar is the best example for these warlords.

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  • 4 September 2014 08:28, by Monydit

    Congratulation to Government of South sudan for the newly Appointee Mr Ajiing Adiang Mariak from Twic County warrap State and Ruben Marial Benjamin from Uroro County in Jonglei State ,Congratulation to both of you Ajiing and Marial please you represent us very well in both Countries of Isreali and Italy

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  • 4 September 2014 09:21, by Marco Bul

    Why always Bhar Kalas being nominated!?

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    • 4 September 2014 10:35, by Morthon Akol

      you are a trebles’ person. what is wrong with appointing Bhr-el Gazal in position of the Ambassadors? do you think that all Ambassador’s outside are all Dinka?

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    • 4 September 2014 17:17, by Kenyang


      Have you asked similar question to why people from Bhar Gazal are frequently ask to help liberate, defend and protect Bor? How much dignity would you have without these people?


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      • 4 September 2014 17:49, by Kenyang

        They say you can’t wrestle with a pig as this will also make you dirty but because this is a pig and can’t understand others don’t do so in respect of others, i think this is high time to joint them. There are handful of them, villageheads in Bor who think Bor is equivalent to Bhar Gazal and everything must be cut proportional to that effect. They think others don’t exist....

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  • 4 September 2014 09:24, by Mike Mike

    Marial as Minister of foreign affairs and his son to be an Ambassador to represent South Sudan govt in Isreal. It is really a total big mess at Kiir’s govt for someone with is son to hold such big posts in the same govt.

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  • 4 September 2014 10:25, by Dengic

    Where is Machar’s SPLM-IO to send their own representatives too?.

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  • 4 September 2014 11:18, by thomas

    Furthering and deepening our relationship with Israel is something most of us support. I’m a little worried about the possibility of nepotism with Marial’s appointment. But to be fair to him, he might actually make a good ambassador.

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  • 4 September 2014 21:57, by Gordon

    Marial Benjamin might be a good ambassador, but he will have a very difficult job in Israel: Israelis haven’t forgotten your vote in favor of Hamas at the UNO some time ago. Since that time you can’t await further support for South Sudan. A country that supports Hamas is viewed as an dangerous enemy. Anyway, good luck!

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