“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.”
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.