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S. Sudan, Turkey agree to harmonize economy, development


May 6, 2021 (JUBA) – Officials from South Sudan and Turkey have agreed to bring together business communities and development agencies from the two countries.

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Juba city mayor, Kalisto Lado Faustino (R) and Turkish Ambassador to South Sudan Erdem Mutaf (middle) in Juba, May 6, 2021 (Anadolu photo)

The agreement was reached during a meeting between Juba city mayor, Kalisto Lado Faustino and Turkey’s ambassador to South Sudan, Erdem Mutaf in South Sudan’s capital, Juba on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters in Juba, Kalisto said he has developed a very good working relationship aimed a enhancing development and service delivery to the people of Juba and Istanbul.

“Juba city and Istanbul are having a good relationship to do with development and service delivery to people in the two cities since 2012 and that cooperation still exist up to now,” he explained.

The two officials, according to the Juba city mayor, also agreed to ensure business communities and development agencies from both countries get to understand each other and their needs.

For his part, the Turkish envoy hailed the leadership of the Juba City Council for their trust and he promised to ensure Turkish communities work closely with South Sudanese stakeholders.

Economic and commercial relations between Turkey and South Sudan has considerable potential. In 2020, for instance, trade volume between the two countries reportedly stood at $ 6.2 million.

Turkey was one of the countries that recognized South Sudan’s independence in July 2011.


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