Team of ministers in Qatar ahead of Kiir’s arrival

Team of ministers in Qatar ahead of Kiir’s arrival

A high-level government delegation led by the Presidential Advisor on Security Affairs Tutkew Gatluak travelled to Doha, Qatar, on Sunday to prepare for an anticipated visit by President Salva Kiir.

The team comprised the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mayiik Ayii Deng, the  Presidential Security Advisor Tut Gatluak, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Athian Ding Athian, Minister of Investment Dhieu Mathok Diing, Minister of Roads and Bridges Simon Mijok Mijok, Minister of Higher Education Gabriel Changson Chang, Minister of Agriculture Josephine Lagu, Governor of Central Bank Dier Tong Ngor, Managing Director of Nilepet Dr Chol Deng and the Secretary-General of South Sudan Islamic Council Abdallah Baraj.

According to the information shared by the foreign affairs ministry on its social media page, the delegation headed to Doha in preparation for the president’s visit, which will involve formal engagements.

“The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Malik Ayii Deng left for the State of Qatar this morning ahead of the anticipated State visit by the President of the Republic,” the ministry posted on its Facebook page on November 7.

When asked about Kiir’s expected visit to the Gulf nation, the Presidential Press Secretary Ateny Wek Ateny told The City Review in a telephone interview yesterday that the trip “is not yet confirmed’’.

However, the local media outlets such as Eye Radio and news website Sudans Post reported about President Kiir’s planned first-ever visit to Doha, detailing that the trip would encompass discussions on bilateral relations between the two countries as well as peace, economy, trade, and infrastructure among other key issues.  

In September 2020, South Sudan and Qatar signed a joint statement for the establishment of diplomatic relations to strengthen and develop friendly relations, and coöperation in political, economic, commercial, and cultural fields.

The Memorandum of Understanding that was signed at the headquarters of Qatar Mission in New York by Ambassador Sheik Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of Qatar to the UN and his South Sudan’s counterpart Ambassador Akeui Bona Malwal ensured that both countries will consolidate peace in each other country.