President Salva Kiir Mayardit has returned to Juba on Sunday after three days visited South Africa. The mission described as “successful visits” Kiir asked South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa to lobby for South Sudan’s arms embargo remove by the UN Security Council.
Dr. Barnaba Marial, Minister of Presidential Affairs, said the two leaders held “extensive talks” on the arms embargo issue that delayed the peace agreement.
“According to the transitional government of National Unity, which has been formed, there is the commitment to the security sector’s reform. We had a cantonment site, and there are supposed to be graduated unified forces for the Republic of South Sudan. Where will they get arms if they are graduated? Cyril Ramaphosa assured President Salva, they should work together on the issue of the arms embargo,” Dr. Marial said
Marial also said the two states agreed to partner in the trade and investment sectors and the peace and stability in the Republic of South Sudan.
“President Salva was inviting South Africans to get more interest on investment projects, the infrastructure, agriculture, oil, and other minerals sector and South Africa has got technology they can help.”
President Salva Kiir left the country on Thursday last week for what was described as a “working visit” to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two states, including implementing the Revitalized Agreement.