Indonesia, South Sudan Officially Establish Diplomatic Relations
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia Retno Marsudi and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Sudan Deng Dau Deng Malek on Wednesday (09/20) signed the Joint Communiqué on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Indonesia and South Sudan.
The signing ceremony was carried out on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the United States of America.
“The signing of the Communiqué marks a new chapter for Indonesia and South Sudan to build concrete cooperation, including economic cooperation, that benefits both countries,” Retno said.
After the signing ceremony, delegations from the two countries immediately discussed concrete cooperation in infrastructure and oil sectors. In this regard, a cooperation contract has been signed between Indonesia’s state-owned construction company PT Waskita Karya with Ministry of South Sudan in the infrastructure sector. Cooperation in the oil sector will also be explored immediately.
For the record, Indonesia recognized the independence of South Sudan in 2011. The Indonesian Ambassador in Khartoum attended the declaration of independence of South Sudan in Juba on July 9, 2011.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the two countries will follow up the Joint Communiqué by appointing ambassadors and opening embassies in both countries. (PR of Ministry of Foreign Affairs/UN) (RI/MMB)