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Seychelles gets first ambassador from South Sudan

Victoria, Seychelles | March 29, 2017, Wednesday @ 12:59 in National » DIPLOMACY | By: Daniel Laurence and Betymie Bonnelame | Views: 2019
Seychelles gets first ambassador from South Sudan

Philip Jada Natana is the first South Sudan ambassador to Seychelles. (Joena Bonnelame, Seychelles News Agency)

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(Seychelles News Agency) - Seychelles has started a new chapter in its relations with South Sudan with the accreditation of the country's first ambassador to the island nation.  

Philip Jada Natana is the first South Sudan ambassador to Seychelles. He presented his letter of accreditation to Seychelles’ President Danny Faure at State House on Tuesday.

Natana told reporters, “This has not only been a historical day for me, but also for the people of South Sudan because I am the first person to represent them in the republic of Seychelles.” 

The new ambassador said that he will focus on peace and stability as well as youth development, and how both South Sudan and Seychelles can share their expertise in this domain.

He added that South Sudan can really benefit from the Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean, in these two areas.

After decades of civil war, South Sudan gained independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011, becoming the world's newest nation among massive celebrations. But 2.5 years after winning independence, conflict then broke out in South Sudan and continues to this day, leading to mass displacement and severe hunger in some parts of the country  

“Seychelles is a peaceful country, and we are looking into ways to work with the government to help us bring unity and stability in our own country so that we can embark on development,” Natana said.

Natana said that this has not only been a historical day for him, but also for the people of South Sudan because he is the first person to represent them in the republic of Seychelles. (Joena Bonnelame, Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC-BY

Youth development is another aspect where the two countries are aiming to develop relations.

“South Sudan has a big pool of fresh and young generation. We think one of the ways to develop this young population is through education,” said Natana, adding that: “Seychelles has a high rate of literacy, and this is where we also want to sit down with Ministry of Youth and Sport to share ideas.”

Detailing on his existing relationship with the Seychelles, Natana said that he has had the chance to work with the current Foreign Secretary of Seychelles, Claude Morel.

The newly accredited Ambassador will serve office for a period of 2 years. He will be located in Pretoria, South Africa. 

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