Japan-South Sudan Telephone Talk
On December 7, commencing at 16:40 for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a telephone talk with H.E. Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan. The outline of their discussion is as follows.
1. At the beginning of the conversation, Minister Kishida expressed his strong hope for the steady implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan. He also welcomed the decision of the South Sudanese government on the acceptance of the Regional Protection Force (RPF) without delay and called for full cooperation with the United Nations including United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) towards an expeditious deployment of the RPF. In light of the claims by some members of the international community of the possibility of large-scale violence directed at civilians in some areas of South Sudan, Minister Kishida stated that violence against civilians would be totally unacceptable and called on President Kiir to prevent such a situation from occurring.
2. In response, President Kiir explained afresh his will for the promotion of national dialogue, the steady implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, the acceptance of the RPF, as well as his willingness to clearly explain these efforts to the international community. He also stated that he will exert the utmost effort to realize peace in South Sudan and that he will not let down Minister Kishida.
3. President Kiir also expressed his gratitude for Japan’s assistance to South Sudan as well as the hope for the continued support for nation building.