South Sudan’s top officials in Doha ahead of Kiir’s first visit to Qatar.
Top government officials, including the Presidential Advisor on National Security, seven cabinet ministers, three Undersecretaries, the Governor of the Central Bank, Nilepet Boss, and the Secretary-General of the Islamic Council, have already arrived in Qatar ahead of President Kiir Mayardit’s expected visit.
Deng Dau, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a report obtained by NCMP that the government’s high-level team had departed for Doha ahead of the President’s visit.
“Yes, a high-profile South Sudan government delegation headed by Presidential Advisor on National Security, Tut Gatluak, is now in Doha.”
“The objective of the visit is to strengthen bilateral connections between the two sister nations in areas like infrastructure, tourism, commerce, and investment, among others,” he said.
Dau revealed that the seven ministers would hold bilateral talks with various institutions in Qatar and review the relationship between the two countries, including the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance and Economic Planning, Agriculture, Road and Bridges, Wildlife Conservation, and Tourism, Trade and Investment, and Energy.
“The two nations will reassess their relationship to strengthen links in infrastructure, investment, tourism, agriculture, and education.”
He did not specify when the President would join the team in Doha.
Mr. Tut Gatluak, Presidential Advisor on Security Affairs, and Mr. Ayii Deng, Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with Mr. Abdulrahman bin Ali Al Kubaisi, State of Qatar’s non-resident Ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan, during their visit to Khartoum.
During the meeting, they discussed bilateral ties between the two nations.
The officials discussed matters of mutual interest and the advancement of friendship and cooperation ties in the political and security realms.
Doha has had no official diplomatic connections with South Sudan for quite some time.