Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Republic of South Sudan

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation


Following the independence of South Sudan on 9 July, 2011, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation was established. South Sudan’s independence came after decades of armed conflict between the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) and successive Sudanese regimes. 

When South Sudan came into existence amid strong regional and international support, as the 193rd member of the United Nations and 54th member of the African Union (AU), the Ministry of Regional Cooperation became the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Liaison Offices got upgraded to full diplomatic missions.

The Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, places the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in charge of carrying out the country’s foreign policy and international cooperation, with the overarching objective of protecting and projecting the national interest abroad.

Functions and Duties:

  • Supervise the foreign representation of the Republic of South Sudan and to coordinate its foreign relations;
  • Work towards improving cooperation with the international and regional cooperation in coordination with other ministries;
  • Develop and implement the foreign relations policies, strategies and plans with the aim of ensuring consistency and congruence between the foreign and internal policies of the state;
  • Accredit and strengthen regional cooperation and integration;
  • Organize coordinated communication between other organs of the state and the diplomatic foreign missions;
  • Supervise the efforts of state to join different international and regional organizations;
  • Ensure the presence of South Sudanese experts in the international and regional organizations;
  • Advise the Government on diplomatic issues;
  • Open and manage diplomatic foreign missions;
  • Undertake, in collaboration with the National Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and other ministries and commissions, negotiations with foreign governments and international agencies for financing agreements with donor organizations;
  • In coordination with relevant implementing government authorities, follow up agreements made between the Government and foreign governments and agencies;
  • Establish and maintain a system for regular liaison meetings and reporting with foreign missions accredited to South Sudan, UN Agencies, foreign government agencies and international non-governmental organizations; and
  • Any other function referred to it by the National Council of Ministers.