Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Republic of South Sudan

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

South Sudan and Norway Discuss Bilateral Cooperation and Elections Preparation

Juba, 4th March 2024 (MFA&IC) – Hon. Ramadan M. Abdallah Goc, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, held a productive bilateral discussion with Mr. Andreas Motzeldt Kravik, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Kingdom of Norway.

During the meeting, Hon. Deputy Minister Ramadan expressed his deep gratitude to the people and government of Norway for their support during South Sudan’s struggle. He also acknowledged the longstanding ties between the two countries.

Hon. Ramadan assured the government’s willingness to work in cooperation with Norway. The deputy Minister provided Mr. Motzeldt with updates on the preparations and readiness for the upcoming general elections, as well as the reconstitution of three commissions.

In addition, Hon. Deputy Minister Ramadan requested that the Norwegian delegates reconsider reviving projects such as the Fula Dam, a hydroelectric power initiative.

Hon. Ramadan also sought technical support from Norway for the upcoming elections and emphasized the importance of training youth and women to enable their full participation in the electoral process.

On his part, Mr. Andreas Motzeldt Kravik, the Norwegian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, emphasized the significance of conducting elections according to international standards and human Rights principles.

Mr. Motzeldt said the discussion further explored ways to harmonize the conditions and requirements set by the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU), and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). This was done to demonstrate South Sudan’s unwavering commitment to the international community. Motzeldt reiterated Norway’s desire to be a strong partner to the people of South Sudan.