Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdor Visits South Sudan

President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdor becomes the first Asian leader to visit the infant nation since it gained independence in 2011.[Waakhe Simon Wudu]

President Elbegdor becomes the first Asian leader to visit the infant nation since it gained independence in 2011.

Elbegdor received a warm welcome from the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and the UN Special Envoy to South Sudan Hilde F. Johnson upon his arrival at the Juba International Airport.

Government Spokesperson Dr. Barnaba Marial said his visit is of great significance to South Sudan.

“As you know the UNMISS troops who are here in South Sudan, a large number of them come from Mongolia. He will visit his troops in Bentiu, Unity State and Rumbek in Lakes State,” said Marial in a statement to the press.

“What is important is that the President and the people of the Republic of South Sudan are happy to receive the President of Mongolia. We warmly welcome him,” Marial added.

Hilde said that Mongolia has two contingents of UN Peace Keepers who are deployed in South Sudan carrying out a mission of ensuring peace in the country.

She said UNMISS is “very pleased to have a head of State of the Republic of Mongolia visiting South Sudan.”

“We are really pleased with his troop’s performance. They are duty bearers that never hesitate being sent to hotspots areas. And we have done that many times. They are high quality and we think it’s great that the president is coming to visit them and support them,” she added.

Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj is the 4th and current President of Mongolia. He won the election on May 24, 2009 and was sworn into office on June 18, 2009.

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