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JUBA - 16 Aug 2019

Government reopens embassies closed over financial woes

File photo: Information Minister Michael Makuei
File photo: Information Minister Michael Makuei

A number of South Sudan diplomatic missions closed in June due to financial constraints reopened, the government has said.

 Information Minister Michael Makuei told reporters after the cabinet meeting in Juba on Friday that the embassies in Kuwait, France, Norway and Italy will now reopen.

“These embassies were shut down and the president has revised his decision, so now these embassies will continue to operate,” Makuei said.

“The president has informed the cabinet that he has set aside the order for the closure of these embassies,” he added.

In June, observers warned that the closure of South Sudan embassies in Norway and France may come at a high price for the world’s youngest nation.

Norway is a key player in South Sudan peace deal, and France has been instrumental in UN Security Council resolutions on South Sudan.

South Sudan heavily relies on oil revenue.

This month, South Sudan government said oil output has increased to 180,000 barrels per day following resumption of oil production at Block 1&2 in Manga Oilfield, which was shut down six years ago due to insecurity in Unity region.