17 June 2012

South Sudan to Join Commonwealth Soon

press release

Juba — The Republic of South Sudan is set to join the commonwealth sooner in the upcoming months, UK ambassador to South Sudan Dr Alastair Mcphail revealed last week on Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee.

Dr Mcphail said Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second recognized and is proud to see South Sudan independent and will work hard to assist South Sudan becoming a commonwealth member shortly.

He stated that the government of UK remains committed to fully supporting South Sudan and promised to provide basic educational facilities next year to primary schools across the ten states of South Sudan. Dr Mcphail further advised the government to address corruption and accept being accountable to accelerate development.

The minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin commended the assistance availed by Her Majesty saying the government of South Sudan remains committed to development despite challenges from Khartoum.

Dr Benjamin said South Sudan is also committed to UN Security Council Resolution 2046 and the AU roadmap. He as well urged UK government to support South Sudan austerity budget to reduce the burden the country is carrying.

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