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President Kiir meets Security Intelligence from African countries on effects of arms embargoes and sanctions

Juba, South Sudan

June 29,2021 South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit has today on 29th of June 2021 met with a Committee of Intelligence and Security Services for Africa, who came to Juba for a three- day regional workshop on Intelligence and Security Services organized by African Union under the theme: ” negative impact of sanctions regime on the political, security, peace and the socio-economic development in East Africa”

President Kiir posting for a picture with African Intelligence and Security Officers who came to Juba on a three-day workshop, June 29, 2021(Photo credit: courtesy image/Nyamilepedia)
President Kiir posting for a picture with African Intelligence and Security Officers who came to Juba on a three-day workshop, June 29, 2021(Photo credit: courtesy image/Nyamilepedia)

According to the Presidential Press release extended to Nyamilepedia, the meeting between the President and the regional security personnel was witnessed by Presidential Advisor on Security Affairs Hon. Tut Gatluak Manime,  Minister of Presidential Affairs Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin and the Minister of National Security Hon. Obuto Mamur Mete.

The meeting, which chose South Sudan purposely as its case study as one of the countries that is facing arms  embargos and individual sanctions for brutal war that has cost over 400, 000 lives, took place at the office of the President this afternoon.

The three days workshop aims to address some challenges faced by Africa in security, peace and socio-political aspects. 

“The objective and intended outcomes of this East Africa regional workshop are: To create and sharpen awareness on the negative impact of sanctions regimes on the political, security, peace and the socio-economic development, integration efforts, political relations and peace and security cooperation in the region”, reads the statement.

 According to the presidential press unit, the intelligence officers came to exchange experiences , lessons learned and best practices on effective policy options including analysis of existing sanctions regimes and the extent to which they impact the region.

The security officers also deliberated on how to win the UN and international community’s hearts to recognize the negative impact reflected by several sanctions imposed on African regimes and officials. 

“We discussed the challenges that Governments and regional organizations face as a result of the application of sanctions and to explore ways of fostering collaboration with international actors and the UN body to highlight the negative impact of sanctions regimes” they said.

South Sudan leaders have been sanctioned by the UN Security Council, European Union and by some countries for  imposing a brutal civil war on the citizens, killing hundreds of thousands and displacing almost 4 millions into concentration camps and refugees camps.

The country is also facing UNSC arms embargoes, which the South Sudanese leaders are working hard to remove but the UNSC maintains that it is too early to lift them.

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