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South Sudan recalls back diplomats to Juba


The headquarters of the foreign ministry Juba (ST photo)
February 19, 2020 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has recalled back to Juba 43 diplomats and administrative attachés.

In a letter on 18 February addressed to South Sudanese diplomatic missions, the head of the foreign ministry department of administration and finance Riek Puok Riek ordered them to return to Juba before the end of March.

"They have overstayed their tour of duties. They must report to the Headquarters by March 31st, 2020," Riek wrote in his letter seen by Sudan Tribune.

The move touches 16 deputy heads of mission, six minister plenipotentiaries, six counsellors, 9 first secretaries, a second secretary, 2 third secretaries and two administrative attachés.

Among the recalled deputy ambassadors, Marker Ayuel Deng in London, Akec Chol Ahou in Geneva, Ador Akok Athuai in Cairo and Gordon Buay in Washington.

The recalled diplomats have to hand over their duties and other responsibilities by 18 March, the letter says.

The recall coincides with the upcoming formation of the revitalized transitional national unity government. However, officials at the foreign ministry say it is a normal diplomatic reshuffle, as some will remain in the headquarters Juba while others will move to new missions.


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  • 20 February 09:25, by Midit Mitot

    Let them come back and make another inclusive deployment.

    • 20 February 09:52, by james john luka

      Midit Mitot

      You are a notch in vacuum, what another inclusive development are you talking about? Giving IO upper hand is what you called an inclusive development?

      • 20 February 10:36, by South South

        I’m back to network after a few days working in remote areas of South Sudan. Peace is ringing in every corner of South Sudan. Go ahead president Kiir and lead us to the bright future, peace.

        • 20 February 13:16, by Midit Mitot

          South South,

          Welcome back from your village and celebrate our victory together.

        • 21 February 07:24, by Dinka-Defender-General

          Welcome comes back South Sudan. I was off for several years too.

          • 21 February 08:22, by South South


            Welcome back my brother. You are lost, it’s good to have back.

      • 20 February 13:14, by Midit Mitot

        James John Luka,

        South Sudan government was for only Dinka but now, it must be inclusive for all.

        • 20 February 14:31, by South South

          Midit Mitot,

          Victory is for Kiir and for people of South Sudan. Our vice Riek Machar will be our second man in our country, victory is real. Everything is moving to the right direction, peace.

          • 21 February 07:13, by Midit Mitot

            South South,

            Peace has come home us let work hard to develop our nation.

            • 21 February 08:21, by South South

              Midit Mitot,

              I agree with you, let’s move on for development. Our people need us to work hard for them.

        • 21 February 14:37, by james john luka

          Midit Mitot
          When did South Sudan govt became Dinka govt? is it when it was without Riek? Now it will be inclusive because of riek right?
          What a blind supporter!! you ansar al-riek!! you worship him like god and he is worshiping Ngundeng Bong like God!! what a fake patriots!! a bunch of idiots and lost generation of Nuer community!!

    • 21 February 21:56, by Langbaar

      Only a fool would ever employ a Nuer as a diplomat as far as we are concerned.

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