The Citizen (Juba)

4 January 2012

South Sudan: Govt, Serbia Establish Bilateral Ties

Juba — South Sudan and Serbia have moved a giant step by establishment of bilateral and diplomatic relations with signing of Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation premises.

The signing of bilateral and diplomatic relation documents between the two countries was witnessed by the Under Secretary Ambassador Charles Manyang D' Awol on behalf of South Sudan and Serbia Ambassador to Ethiopia accredited to South Sudan Dragan Momcilovic.

Addressing the media the Under-secretary Ambassador Awol expressed the interest of the Republic of Serbia to establish diplomatic ties with the newly independent South Sudan.

"This is a very important occasion between the two nations and we hope that the memorandum of understanding that we signed today to establish political and economic ties will work for the interest of these two countries," said Awol.

The Serbia is a giant in technology, and we are glad that the country has expressed its interests to assist South Sudan with technical development and pointed that most of ministries' buildings were built by the Serbians, he said.

The Under Secretary vowed that South Sudan is a new country and has opened its diplomatic door to all the world's countries. Ambassador of Serbia Dragan Momcilvonic said that his country delegated him to South Sudan in order to coordinate bilateral ties between the two countries.

"This is a great moment for the two nations to translate the bilateral ties to the areas of development adding that the Serbian delegation will soon pay visit to South Sudan along with investors who have keen interest to invest heavily in South Sudan, said Momcilvonic.

"This is the second time of my visit, because I was here during the proclamation of independence on 9th July last year and I am proud to be delegated by my government to establish relations with the government of South Sudan," said the Ambassador.

He said that his country have great interest in boosting agricultural economy of South Sudan and they will provide heavy machineries to realize agricultural potentials.

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