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S. Sudan optimistic Arab League summit will help resolve conflict


March 3, 2014 (JUBA) – The government of South Sudan has expressed optimism of the support member countries of the Arab League could provide to address its conflict.

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South Sudan’s foreign affairs minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin (Getty)

Foreign Affairs minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that the Secretary of the Arab League of nations had invited him to participate in the forthcoming meeting of the Arab foreign ministers on the situation in the new nation.

"Yes, I have been invited by the Secretary General of the Arab league to brief them about the current situation in the country. This is what I will be going for", Marial said by phone.

The minister, however, said he was optimistic that Arab world countries would provide any necessary support to help South Sudan overcome its conflict. He did not, however, comment on whether his country would join the league, saying the discussions would mainly focus on the conflict.

“My mission would be briefing the league about the conflict but I will also listen to any issue of mutual benefits and interest to the people of South Sudan,” said Marial, who is also due to meet his Egyptian counterpart, Nabil Fahmy to discuss bilateral relations.

The Arab League is an international organization of Arabic and Islamic countries in the Middle East and North Africa with up to 20 members. It will, however, be the first time a South Sudanese minister will be participating in its summit.


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  • 4 March 2014 08:41, by thomas

    So now we’re Arab and Islamic? We must be in an alternate universe in which Islam and Arabs help South Sudanese.

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    • 4 March 2014 09:01, by Tata

      No Thomas. We are neither arabs nor Muslems, although we have fellow South Sudanese who are Moslems. But the country is not an Islamic one. Arab League, African Union, Esat AFrican Community, ECOWAS, COMESA, SADC .. etc are political socioeconomic regional bodies. We are not in a vacuum or in the middle of an ocean. We have mutual economic interests as human beings. Look, arafat, late PLO leader,

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      • 4 March 2014 09:10, by Tata

        used to attend every regional body meetings, in Latin America, African Union, Europian Union, ICO, even in Vatican. He never convert to Christianity. Yet, he maaried his 38-yr Christian secretary, Suha Arafat, he remained stout muslem. University of Juba awarded him PhD(Dictora Fikriya) he never change course of his peoples’ struggle. Let the FM sell out the problem of useless rebellion in SS.

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        • 4 March 2014 10:46, by Bentiu son

          Waw!Dinka BEG Kingdom is in stranded,political limbo,messes n dilemmas after the absent of visionary leader like Dr Machar from the Government.Why did you idiots create chaos,turmoil n anarchy in first place while you have no political mechanism to solving it?What goes around comes around.Your Failed Assassination Attempt against Dr Machar turned into headaches for you now.

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        • 4 March 2014 18:57, by homeboy

          Well said Tato,
          Jalaby ,Arabs can’t solve there own bloody problems on their own what made you think they have a magic wand to solve South Sudan problems.

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  • 4 March 2014 11:25, by Jalaby

    Only Arab can resolve your problem, give you money and fill your stomach to its maximum limit of food!
    Please seek Arab help all the time and you should be okay!!

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  • 4 March 2014 11:31, by Jalaby

    To Omoni jr,
    Do you know who is this guy?
    He is Pagan Amom’s brother, Mr George Amom, do you know what did he say last week when he visit Khartoum?

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    • 4 March 2014 11:37, by Jalaby

      he said he regretted the south separation from north although he was one of the biggest supporter for separation before but now and after what is happening in the south he regretted the separation"
      He also said "the south and north will rejoin again and we’re not the state of the south but we’re the south of Sudan"
      He also said "I am visiting Sudan and I feel it’s

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      • 4 March 2014 11:41, by Jalaby

        still my home country"
        So you’re not alone Mr. Omoni jr, the leaders of the south separation started to regret the separation and discovered they did a fatal mistake resulting in the mess that’s going on in the south!
        Former Dinka Ngok chief, Mr Deng Majok is absolutely right when he advised southerners not to separate!

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        • 4 March 2014 12:07, by moto


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          • 4 March 2014 12:17, by Jalaby

            North people will never bring their troops and invade the south again, they learned the lesson and very confident that the south is a piece of hell where people kill each others for nothing but hatred!
            Give me one reason that causes north to run after the south again?

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            • 4 March 2014 12:27, by Jalaby

              You guys should take off from your brains that you’re still like a sexy and attractive lady and the north is running after her! Not anymore
              Your leaders are talking about unity but not north people,if the north still believes you’re so sexy lady then this is the best time to intervene and brings their troops in but now you’re no more than an ugly beldame (very old) lady

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              • 4 March 2014 14:54, by Nibs

                "...talking about unity but not north people"! And you’ve been singing that unity thing, are you not north people?! What is wrong with your brain Mr.Yapping?

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        • 5 March 2014 06:14, by Observer

          It’s good to see that you are still this website’s comedian..
          You couldn’t wait to get rid of the "insects" as you used to call the S Sudanese and now you are trying to prove that South Sudan should rejoin us.
          Just for my own amusement I went into the archives on this site to view all your comments- you change your view to whatever you think will make you seem like some analyst.! LOL

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