Ethiopia to train South Sudanese diplomats

Ethiopia to train South Sudanese diplomats
Nabil al Mahdi, the Ethiopian ambassador to South Sudan [photo: courtesy]

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia agreed to offer training to 50 South Sudanese diplomats.

This came up during the meeting between South Sudan’s acting minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Deng Dau Deng, and the Ethiopian ambassador to South Sudan, Nabil al Mahdi.

Addressing the media on Tuesday after the meeting in Juba, Mahdi said Ethiopia remains committed in all areas, including capacity building, as can be demonstrated by the training slated for July.

According to the statement issued by the ministry of foreign affairs and seen by The City Review, Ambassador Nabil said the offer was part of the efforts by the Ethiopian government to empower South Sudanese diplomats.

“The Ethiopian Ambassador informed the Acting Minister that the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia offered capacity-building training at the Ethiopia Institute of Foreign Affairs to fifty (50) South Sudanese diplomats, allowing them to get specialised diplomacy training,” the statement read.

He commended South Sudan and President Salva Kiir for their commitment to the ongoing efforts to promote stability in neighbouring Sudan.

The ambassador promised that Ethiopia would continue to support South Sudan in every aspect, including the recent task given to President Kiir to mediate Sudanese peace talks.

Dau also reiterated that South Sudan was committed to the Jeddah mediation.

He hailed the current ceasefire, which has allowed the opening of humanitarian corridors.