President of South Sudan To Visit India For First Time


By Juliet Abango

Juba, South Sudan — August 13, 2013 (SSN) … President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit is set to visit India late this month on an official invitation by his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee.

India’s special envoy to South Sudan Mr. P. S Raghavan met President Kiir this morning where he delivered the invitation and President Mukherjee’s message of strengthening bilateral relations between his country and the Republic of South Sudan.

South Sudan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation the Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, said President Kiir during the meeting with Mr. Raghavan, discussed in a very positive manner issues of bilateral Relations, economic development and capacity building programs.

He said the president on behalf of the people and Government of South Sudan expressed the regrets to Indian Government through the special envoy, for the UNMISS Indian soldiers killed in Jonglei state by the militia groups.

Meanwhile the Indian Special Envoy to South Sudan Mr. Raghavan described the relations between India and South Sudan as “traditional and of a very long standing”.

“He reiterated to President Kiir India’s determination to continue and intensify cooperation with South Sudan,” said Dr. Benjamin.