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S. Sudan to establish strategic partnership with Israel


December 11, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan government on Wednesday said it wanted to establish strategic partnership relations with Israel, describing as “historical” its past relations with the latter.

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South Sudanese nationals before leaving Israel for their country - (Photo Los Ageles Times)

Foreign affairs minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, said South Sudan’s relations with Israel started and evolved from sympathy and support for the liberation struggle against successive repressive regimes in neighbouring Sudan, from which the south broke away in July 2011.

“Our relations with Israel are growing well and pointing towards establishing strong partnership on matters which are important for mutual interests and benefits to the citizens from both sides. You know that relations between the people of Israel and South Sudan date backs to the era of Anyanya I [first war]”, said Marial.

He said Israel was one of the few nations that stood by South Sudan during its difficult moments.

“They also stood with us during the second war of liberation struggle,” said Marial.

He added, “So our relations with Israel have always been strong and historical. We are not starting with them from scratch. There have been long ties, which we now want to upgrade to strategic partnership in economic sector and infrastructure, education, mining industry and trade”.

According to Marial, South Sudan government intends to build on the Israeli experience as mechanisms to enhance the country’s food production.

The minister’s remarks came as Ruben Marial Benjamin presented his credential to Israeli president, Reuven Rivlin as South Sudan’s first ambassador to the country. Ruben is the minister’s younger brother.

A former professional basketball player, Reuben arrived in Israel a few weeks back and opened South Sudan’s embassy in the country.

Israeli ties to South Sudan go back to the 1960s, when the former reportedly offered aid and training to rebels fighting the Khartoum regime. It was unsurprising that Israel was among the first nations to recognise South Sudan’s independence in July 2011.

In September 2011, South Sudan president, Salva Kiir and the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu met at the sideline of the United Nations general assembly meeting in New York prior to Kiir’s official visit to Tel Aviv three months later.

Since its independence in July 2011, South Sudan has established 26 embassies across the world.


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  • 12 December 2014 07:00, by Mi diit


    I want to inform friends and enemies alike that I will stop commenting on Sudan Tribune from 15 December in commemoration of the Juba massacre until Salvatore Kiir Mayardit is NO longer the president of South Sudan. Don’t be surprised when you don’t read me from 15 December!

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    • 12 December 2014 08:34, by Kur William

      Yeah you can stop commenting in commemoration of the Juba massacre as you term for the time you want but one thing will put you aside on Sudantribune forever if you are seriou!.The removal of president Kiir in the office whether by ballot or other way will take some decades to happen.Another factor you need to go with,there is no massacre on 15 Dec,that was a pure lie by tribalist cohort.

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    • 12 December 2014 10:25, by Johndumo14

      The Nile River is a lifeline to some 80% of Egyptians .
      why Egyptians depends on nile Water??
      How many countries in North Africa not depends on nile Water? Why Egyptians? Egyptians must shut their mouth and if they need more Water they can take Water from red sea or take from the indian ocean,the new technology ,you can take Water from the oceans,Egyptians caled themselves arabs not africans.

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    • 12 December 2014 10:26, by Johndumo14

      The Nile River is a lifeline to some 80% of Egyptians .
      why Egyptians depends on nile Water??
      How many countries in North Africa not depends on nile Water? Why Egyptians? Egyptians must shut their mouth and if they need more Water they can take Water from red sea or take from the indian ocean,the new technology ,you can take Water from the oceans,Egyptians caled themselves arabs not africans.

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  • 12 December 2014 07:04, by dinkdong

    Those few countries that stood with South Sudan during the struggles are now regretting. You turned what was suppose to be the great achievement for all South Sudanese and friends alike into personals property in a matter of two years. Poor damn fool leaders!

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  • 12 December 2014 07:05, by LL Reuben

    Mi diit:

    Congratulations on the revelation you’re finally coming to your sense. After all what is left there for you to say when the writing on the wall is crystal clear. Your belligerent fools along with their drug-addict leader (Traitor Riek Machar) have been thorough defeated to humiliating extent. Run and never come back!! - we want young few Nuer who are still alive to continue on living.

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    • 12 December 2014 07:16, by Mi diit


      You are very wrong! Nyankiir Museveni will soon be no more and I will be back even more energetic than before. God damn you all.

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  • 12 December 2014 07:51, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Already Israel and South Sudanese are Jews. but who Will maintain relationship?

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    • 12 December 2014 09:24, by dinkdong

      That’s a nice damn question to ask your uncle Kiir, Mr. Lam.

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  • 12 December 2014 08:41, by Northern Sudanese

    The North should also establish relations with Israel for our agricultural sector because the jews are experts when it comes to farming in hot environments. fuck them arabs, we should focus on our own issues from now on. at least Israel doesn’t occupy sudanese land.

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  • 12 December 2014 09:39, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Mr. Dinkdong
    the question l have placed is not regarding president Kiir,
    Mr. Kiir is a peace maker but Riek Machar will destroy the relationship between South Sudan and Israeli government due miss have he having.
    Mr. Kiir is a peaceful president, my friend.

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