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Kiir invites Russia’s Putin to visit South Sudan


May 29, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir has officially invited his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin for a state visit, the country’s foreign minister said on Thursday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during a joint news conference with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (unseen) following a European Union-Russia summit in Brussels December 21, 2012 (Reuters/Francois Lenoir)

“I also delivered a letter from H.E President Salva Kiir Mayardit to President Putin inviting the president to possibly visit South Sudan,” Barnaba Marial told reporters on arrival from the Russian capital, Moscow.

A response, he said, was yet to come from the Russian authorities.

Marial revealed that he and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov also discussed “bilateral issues” as well as humanitarian assistance to the world’s youngest nation.

“We also thanked the Russian government through the minister of foreign affairs for their strong stand in rejecting any sanctions against the Republic of South Sudan in the [United Nations] Security Council because they did not agree on any sanction – whether individual sanctions or against the country and it is our duty also to thank them", he said.

The minister conveyed condolences from the South Sudan president over the crash of a Russian helicopter in South Sudan in December 2012. The helicopter was shot down by South Sudan army (SPLA) with four Russian pilots working for the UN mission in the new nation killed.

"Hopefully, we will find a mutually advantageous solution to this problem. We will support the families of the deceased pilots", Marial told Voice of Russia.

South Sudan is currently embroiled in an armed opposition rebellion led by its former vice-president Riek Machar. Last month, the United States administration sanctioned two army officers from both sides of the conflict for allegedly obstructing ongoing peace talks.

Both the United Nations and the European Union also threatened individual sanctions on government and rebel officers accused of committing human rights violations.

Marial, however, maintained that Juba is not turning its back to the west saying the new country recognises US support to the “legitimately elected government of South Sudan and that is why [US] Secretary John Kerry was here".

In 2011, South Sudan and Russia signed a deal on establishing diplomatic relations.

The two countries, in the agreement, reportedly agreed to base their relations on the ground of the mutual respect of their independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, non-involvement in the domestic affairs, peaceful settlement of disputes and other international laws declared, in particular the UN Charter.


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  • 29 May 2014 18:44, by Joseph Canada

    wow!! this is unbelievable!!

    • 29 May 2014 19:18, by omoni jr.

      what an invitation for????????
      This retarded chief is loitering and trespassing anywhere across the globe without knowing the consequences.... Russia is under sanctions by European and U.S governments. Therefore, there is no need to be ally with countries which are isolated globally.

  • 29 May 2014 21:20, by hellonearth


  • 29 May 2014 22:18, by Ito

    This invitation is quite telling about the desperate situation the government of south sudan are in. Salva Kiir government are trying to do anything in their capacity including prostituting their own family members just to keep themselves in the helm of power. Bible says, desperation is the beginning of end and this is what is starting to happen. The govt of Salva is heading to collapse very soon.

  • 29 May 2014 23:23, by Nyesi Ta

    Barnaba Marial has become South Sudan foreign pimp. He is all over the place like a prostitute trying to "f" men to make money. what is this garbage invitation of President Putin, to come and do what in the court of president Kiir and his barbarians in Juba. Believe me, Putin will never reduce himself to the level of those savages in Juba.

  • 30 May 2014 04:51, by Observer

    Next we will be seeing an invite to visit South Sudan has been sent to Iran and North Korea.
    Obviously Kiir is hoping that this invitation will make the US jump to his command and give him more money.

  • 30 May 2014 05:36, by Peter Marko

    You, the rebels supporters, must know that Russia is one of the movers and shakers in the globe arena, so president Kiir did a right thing for inviting him. Who told u that Russia is sanctioned and isolated. FYI, beside being one the main players in the world politics, Russia is main supplier of natural gas to Europe, and no European country is dare to talk ill about her, let alone sanctioning her

  • 30 May 2014 07:26, by DDooggaa

    Stop wasting time, even if you invite God we still want kick you out. just resign before your cough.

  • 30 May 2014 07:42, by Letigolight

    If there has ever been any mistake made in South Sudan foreign relations, this is the most terminal to the future of the SPLM led government!; SOuth Sudan is bigger than one person, we will undo this decissively!

  • 30 May 2014 07:43, by Jubawe

    Peter Marko
    i bit you still live in village, Russian already suffering from sanction all the westerner pull out their companies special German if you have poor knowledge like Dinka Kirr, President kirr think idea of inviting Russia will help, South Sudan can’t stand by themselve 100,000 civilian are die depending on UN food, Government itselve suffering metal illness

  • 30 May 2014 10:29, by John Sebit

    Marial ???? ?-?, ?? ???? ?????? ???????? ?????????? ? ????? ??? ? ????????? ??????????? ??? ? ??????. ? ?? ????, ??? ????????????? ?????? ????? ????????, ??? ?? ????? ?????????? ??? ???? ????????, ??? ???? ? ????? ?????????? ?????????????.

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