South Sudan, African Union Sign Host Agreement

The Undersecretary Ambassador Manyang and Nakaha signing the Host Agreements on Friday in Juba. [Gurtong| Juma John Stephen]

The Undersecretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ambassador Charles Manyang D’Awol and the African Union Liaison Office in South Sudan’s Ambassador Nakaha Stanislaus on Fridays signed a Host Agreement for Republic of South Sudan to officially recognize the presence of the African Union in the country.   

“Signing this is a legal codification of the presence of the African Union office here in South Sudan. It is a continuation of what already exists. Am very pleased with the cooperation that exists between the Ministry of foreign Affairs and Office of the African Union here in Juba,” Ambassador Manyang said.

He added: “The relations between this country and the activities of this office will continue to be. The roles concern diplomatic convention on diplomatic relations of 1961 and it’s a document that lies normally of transaction in accordance to international law.”

The office of the African Union has been in South Sudan for some years now and with the signing of the host agreement, Sudan will be able to cooperate and bond their relations with the African political bloc.

According to Ambassador Nakaha, the signing of the host agreement gives the African Union Liaison Office in South Sudan permission to operate freely. 

“This is a legal document to legalize our credentials in terms of relationship between the African Union Commission and the Government of Sudan, when Sudan was united but today as South Sudan is independent country we had to revisit it and have a legal document establishing formal presence of the African Union in South Sudan,” he said.

“Am very happy to participate at this historic moment on behalf of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission,” he added.   

The African Union has accepted the Republic of South Sudan immediately after this Independence on the 9th July 2011.

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