The First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E Gen. Taban Deng Gai attends the 54th Edition of the Munich Security Conference in the Federal Republic of Germany – (16th -18th February 2018)

The First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, Gen Taban Deng Gai led the delegation of the Republic of South Sudan to the 54th Edition of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) that took place in Munich, Germany from 16th to 18th February 2018.

The delegation comprised the following dignitaries:
1. Hon. Tor Deng Mawien-Presidential Advisor on Decentralization and Intergovernmental Linkages.
2. Gen. Pieng Deng Kuol-Former Inspector General of Police and member of the National Dialogue Steering Committee.

The Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan in Berlin was represented by the Charge
D’Affaires Mr. John Opiti Apiet.

The objective of the MSC is to build trust and to contribute to the peaceful resolution of conflicts by sustaining a continuous informal dialogue within the international security community.

The 2018 Munich Security deliberations covered a number of topical global issues, among which were: Environmental security, cyber security as well as nuclear security.

Sideline Engagements at the MSC

The First Vice President held meetings at the sidelines of MSC with the following during which he appreciated countries and entities that have supported South Sudan over the years; and urged for the consolidation of established ties:

1. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Kuwait
2. Minister of Defence of Lebanon
3. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt
4. Foreign Minister of Japan
5. President of the UN General Assembly
6. Administrator of USAID
7. Secretary General of the Arab League
8. President of Médecin Sans Frontiers (MSF)

The First Vice President also briefed the dignitaries on a number of security related issues in South Sudan including the following:

1. The South Sudan Peace Process and Government’s strategy to achieve a comprehensive and sustainable peace.
2. The 3 track approach to peace that is being led by the Transitional Government of National Unity of the Republic of South Sudan (TGONU) which includes the National Dialogue Initiative, the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) and the grass roots “people to people’ peace initiatives; as being complementary processes that must be supported and pursued concurrently in order to achieve lasting peace.

The sideline meetings largely culminated in opening avenues for better engagement with the Republic of South Sudan.