Gov’t says it has no money to run diplomatic missions

South Sudanese members of prisoners of war and political detainees holding hands after their release in Juba, South Sudan(Photo: file)

South Sudan President Salva Kiir attends a South Sudan peace meeting as part of talks to negotiate an end to a civil war that broke out in 2013, in Khartoum, Sudan June 25, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

June 8th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) –  South Sudan government has said that it has no money to run diplomatic missions, days after it closed down three embassies and reports that it was closing more.

South Sudan plunged into a bloody civil war in December 2013 throwing the country into an unimaginable economic crisis with most oil wells put on halt as government and rebel forces battle for control.

Speaking during a function conducted by South Sudan’s interior ministry,  the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nhial Deng Nhial, said the government has no money and have to close more foreign missions.

“Because of our resource constraints, we have had to cut back on our diplomatic representations abroad,” Nhial said.

“We have decided that some of the missions will have to close down, other missions will have to witness a reduction in personnel,” he added.

The minister attributed the economic crisis that led to the closure to the ongoing civil war saying there are many factors as well that aren’t controlled by the government in Juba.

“These things are being done as a necessity because of the difficulties that the conflict has plunged South Sudan into,” he said.

“There are other factors beyond the control of South Sudan that have also negatively impacted our situation –not only in the ministry of foreign affairs, but all government agencies basically,” he added.

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