South Sudan’s foreign minister accorded low-profile reception in Turkey

File: foreign minister Awut Deng upon arrival in Ankara

January 7th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan’s foreign minister Awut Deng has been accorded a low-profile reception upon Arrival in the Turkish capital Ankara, the Nyamilepedia has learned.

On Sunday, Awut arrived in Ankara along with a few-men delegation and was received upon arrival by the deputy Mayor of Ankara city instead of his Turkish counterparts.

She said in a Twitter post on Tuesday that those who welcomed her includes the Turkish chief protocol of the country’s foreign ministry as well as South Sudan’s envoy to Ankara.

“I arrived in Ankara, Turkey the evening of Sunday 5th January 2020 on an official visit.  I was received by the Deputy Mayor of Ankara City and the Chief of Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with Ambassador of #SouthSudan to Turkey, Amb. Majok Guandong,” she said.

South Sudan government have limited relations with Turkey. In 2017, First Vice President Taban Deng Gai reportedly clashed with the Turkish foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu over the government rejection of ex-vice president Dr. Riek Machar’s participation in the 2017 revitalization process of the 2015 peace deal.

The Turkish government had rejected a request by Taban to help fund the revitalization of the peace agreement which had collapsed in 2016 after Machar was forced to flee the capital Juba following clash between a few number of his guards and a force of South Sudan military based in Juba.

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