South Sudan vows to get arms embargo lifted

Deng Dau Deng, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations. Photo: Eye Radio/File

Juba, January 5, 2022 (SSNA) — The government of South Sudan said it is working days and nights to make sure the 2018 arms embargo that was imposed on the young nation by the United Nations Security Council is lifted, a senior government official says.

The official who does not wants to be named so he can speak freely explain to the South Sudan News Agency on Wednesday that he works for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and that the ministry has deployed many diplomats around the world to help secure support from other countries like the permanent members of the Security Council.

“I know this issue from the begging. Deng Dau Deng is the one who heads the operation to get sanctions reversed by the UN,” the source disclosed, adding, “We are working diligently days and nights on this case.”

Deng Dau Deng is the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Late last month, Deng declared at a news conference in Juba that South Sudan hopes the arms embargo and targeted sanctions will be lifted. The deputy minister, however, did not give details about the issue.

The UN Security Council imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan in July 2018 as a response to the 2013-2020 civil war.

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