18 February 2013

South Sudan: Mongolian President Visits Juba

Juba — Mongolian President, Tsakhiagiin el Begdorj arrived in Juba on Friday despite plans to threaten his visit to the areas in which Mongolian peacekeeping troops operate in South sudan.

On Thursday at around 4pm, Sudan Armed Forces bombed Jau area, northern part of Unity state, a place where the majority of the Mongolian peacekeeping troops serving under UNMISS are based.

Briefing the press at the airport on Friday, Government spokesperson, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin said the President is in the country to inspect its troops serving under United Nations Mission in South Sudan areas of Rumbek, Lakes state and Bentiu of Unity state.

Dr. Benjamin said although Khartoum's aim is to scare the Mongolian President from visiting Bentiu, he stressed that the President will visit because he is for the peace of Sudan and South Sudan.

Dr. Benjamin, who is also the minister of Information and Broadcasting, condemned the activities carried by the Khartoum government on the territories of South Sudan saying it is belligerent since there is a cooperation agreement between the two states.

He as well disclosed that the Mongolian President would be accompanied by deputy defense minister and a team from the RSS Presidency.

Sources said there are over 800 Mongolian peacekeepers in South Sudan. Based on a report from the UN Representative of the Secretary General, Hilde Johnson, Mongolian troops are high quality and duty bearer troops that doesn't hesitate being sent to hotspots.

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