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South Sudan diplomats “not paid for two years”

South Sudan's new Foreign minister has lamented that workers of the diplomatic missions under his purview abroad have not been…

South Sudan’s new Foreign minister has lamented that workers of the diplomatic missions under his purview abroad have not been paid for two years, APA can report.In an acceptance speech over his appointment last week as the new Foreign and International Cooperation minister, Mayiik Ayii Deng told President Salva Kiir that one of his ministry’s main challenges is to settling the payment arrears to its workforce which is under-performing as a result.   

Deng replaces Beatrice Khamis.

“We have diplomatic missions that underwent two years without   payments, non-payment of our membership fees and obligations in nearly all multilateral institutions and poor working conditions in the ministry” Deng explained.

The chief diplomat said President Kiir’s guidance and support was desperately needed to breathe live into such a strategic ministry under him by way of reforms.

He said under his watch the ministry will to look to improve relations with the international community, strained over the slow pace of the revitalised peace agreement.

Reacting to Deng’s complaints about payment arrears to South Sudan’s diplomatic staff abroad and regional and international organisations President Kiir directed his ministry to get on with its new reform agendas.

The South Sudanese leader promised that his government will from now on give priority to its financial obligations to its foreign-based workers and other international and regional bodies.

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