By Amb. Natalina E. Mou,
Deputy Head of Mission,
May 23, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— On the 17th May 2016 the newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the TGoNU of the Republic of South Sudan Hon. Minister Deng Alor Kuol arrived Rome to attend Italy –Africa Ministerial Conference that took place on the 18th May, as his first official visit to represent the country in Europe.
The African Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the African Permanent Representatives of the UN and the Ambassadors base in Rome attended Italy and Africa Ministerial Conference that was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy to Strengthen the cooperation and the relations with African countries in the field of Agriculture, Technology and Renewable energy based on the four thematic areas of Economic Sustainability, Socio- Environmental Sustainability, Migration, Peace and security.
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The conference was successfully attended by the Hon. Minister Deng Alor Kuol that retuned back yesterday to Juba. After he held a number of the bilateral meetings with Government official of Italy and met with his counterpart the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International.
Cooperation of Italy in which they had agreed on a number of issues that includes, a formation of a high level delegation headed by the deputy minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy to visit the Republic of South Sudan soon to assess the needs and to provide humanitarian assistances to IDPS and the refugees that are affected by the war in South Sudan. The Government of Italy promised to provide capacity building and training for the people of South Sudan in different fields that include Construction, technology, health and education as a package to enhance bilateral relation.
The Minister visited Vatican and passed through the Holy Door into St. Peter’s basilica (The Holly door symbolize Marcy and Forgiveness of God and it is open during every 25 years in a Jubilee year).
On 19th May 2016, Hon. Minister Deng Alor paid a visit to South Sudan Diplomatic Mission in Rome where he met with the staff and briefed them about the recent formation of the TGoNU and the reform process for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The Republic of Italy and Southern Sudan had a good historical relation and cooperation that the Republic of South Sudan should strengthen to enhance future cooperation.
The Sudanese-Italian relations are deep-rooted dating back to the Kush Kingdom and the Roman Empire when correspondence, emissaries, ambassadors and trade were exchanged between the two nations.
They played a big role in education as most of the Catholic schools in Southern Sudan were opened by the missionaries.
South Sudan as a new nation will revive and embark on that already established strong relation for future cooperation and exchange of culture, technology and investments in South Sudan.
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