Turkey Pledges Support to the National Dialogue
(Juba-South Sudan) – Turkey is set to engage bilaterally with the National Dialogue Steering Committee to achieve durable peace in South Sudan, its Ambassador said today.
Republic of Turkey Ambassador to South Sudan, H.E Hassan Seviir Asan, met at Freedom Hall in Juba on Tuesday with members of the National Dialogue Leadership and the Secretariat.
Hon. Gabriel Yoal Dok, the Deputy Co-Chair of the National Dialogue, National Dialogue Leadership member Hon. Mary Bicensio Wani, Gov. William Othon Awer, the Deputy Rapporteur and Dr. Lual Acuek Lual, the Coordinator for the Secretariat, among others, hosted the Turkish diplomats within the National Dialogue Steering Committee premises.
The Ambassador expressed his firm direct support to the National Dialogue Steering Committee. “We’re working on some projects to support the National Dialogue Initiative,” H.E Hassan told the press after the meeting.
Hon. Gabriel also briefed the Ambassador on the inclusive steps that the National Dialogue has taken to reach out to the opposition and other stakeholders within and outside the country, including the past and ongoing grassroots consultations in the states. “We’re very determined to bring peace to our country,” he said.
The two sides tapped Amb. Dhano Obongo, a member of the National Dialogue Steering Committee, and Mr. Yahya Acu, from the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency, to coordinate implementation of specific project proposals to be put forward by the National Dialogue.
Turkey said it’s actively funding several projects in South Sudan. It currently works on the construction of the National Archives building and strives to help in various ministries such as health and agriculture. South Sudan and Turkey have cultural ties dating back to the Turkish rule in Sudan.