After its meeting with the Polisario, South Sudan attempts damage control with Morocco

LIs South Sudan trying to mend its relationship with Morocco? This is what this missive dated September 23 and signed by the South Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mayiik Ayii Deng, suggests. In this letter addressed to Nasser Bourita, and delivered to the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly currently being held in New York, the South Sudanese diplomat reaffirms his country’s desire to “further develop its relations with Morocco in the mutual interest of the two countriess”.

But above all, Juba evokes in this letter his meeting with a Polisarion delegation led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Salem Ould Salek. On this subject, the South Sudanese diplomacy affirms that this meeting “does not cancel [sa] strategic relationship” with Morocco which is described as a “friendly country”.

Described as a re-establishment of a relationship between the SADR and South Sudan by certain Algerian media, this meeting is defined as a “contact with a delegation in this letter addressed to Nasser Bourita. South Sudan also indicates that this meeting “ does not mean the recognition of an Etat” while specifying that it only recognizes “UN member countries”. As a reminder, Morocco did not react to this meeting which was held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

As a reminder, King Mohammed VI traveled to South Sudan in February 2017 to meet the President and current Head of State, Salva Kiir. In addition to humanitarian donations, and the establishment of a field hospital in the youngest country in Africa, the two countries had sealed an agreement on this occasion to experience sharing as part of the construction of a new capital in South Sudan in terms of urbanization and urban development, with a view to supporting the construction of a new capital.

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