Turkish Government has delivered food supplies to soldiers who have experienced food shortages at training centres in South Sudan.
South Sudan’s Presidential Advisor on Security Affairs Tut Gatluak, received the food supplies on Thursday on behalf of the government and he commended Turkey’s support for the implementation of peace in the country as demonstrated in its provision of the foodstuffs.
Turkish Ambassador to South Sudan, Erdem Mutaf, while handing over the 11 metric tonnes of food supplies to the government in the capital Juba affirmed Turkey’s full support for the peace process in the country.
Turkey promises to continue with visits to all the relevant authorities in Juba to further diversify and deepen their bilateral relations.
He added that having exemplary relations and good cooperation with the South Sudanese government, Turkey as a close friend will try its best to continue contributing to this process of peace in South Sudan.
There have been reports of Soldiers in South Sudan deserting cantonment sites due to poor living conditions, including lack of food, medicine, safe drinking water and shelter since 2019.
According to a 2018 revitalized peace deal, the nation is expected to train and graduate a unified force of 83,000 personnel to take charge of security during the transitional period until 2023, when elections will be held.
The unification of the army has been delayed amid missed deadlines.
The process has also been hampered by economic hardship in the country which has left the government with limited resources caused by more than six years of conflict since December 2013.
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