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South Sudan – Signing of a peace agreement (12.09.18)

France welcomes the signing of the peace agreement formalizing the revitalization of the 2015 agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan, between President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, and Riek Machar.
We congratulate the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the countries of the region for their contribution to this progress.
We hope that this agreement will open a new chapter in the process of establishing of peace.
We call on each of the parties to work (…)

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France and South Sudan

Political relations

France recognized South Sudan on 9 July 2011. It has had representation to the autonomous government of South Sudan since 2006, when it opened an embassy office in Juba. This office was transformed into a Consulate-General in 2010. Since the proclamation of independence on 9 July 2011, the French Consulate-General in Juba has become France’s Embassy in South Sudan. South Sudan opened an Embassy in France in July 2012.

Visits

  • Visits to Paris: Working visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Nhial Deng Nhial, on 7 and 8 March 2012, on his first visit to Europe since the country’s independence; participation of President Salva Kiir in the Élysée Summit for Peace and Security in Africa (December 2013).
  • Visits to Juba: Alain Juppé, Ministre d’État, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, represented France in Juba for the independence ceremonies.

Economic relations

Economic exchanges between France and South Sudan remain relatively limited. The French companies Total, Altai Consulting, Bolloré Africa Logistics, and PCM are present.

Humanitarian assistance and cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

France regularly provides bilateral contributions to the UN emergency humanitarian plans for South Sudan and South-Sudanese refugees.
France is investing €280,000 in the development of French teaching in South Sudan and also has an Institut français (French Institute) situated within Juba National University. It is the country’s only international cultural centre.

Updated: 12 June 2017