South Sudan’s government clears outstanding arrears

South Sudan Flag | Credit: Martin Deng | AIRS 2020

The government of South Sudan has settled the financial contribution it was owing African Union. Deputy Spokesperson of South Sudan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hakim Edward told Eye radio on Thursday.

“I can confirm as the ministry that the money has been cleared by the ministry of finance on behalf of the government of South Sudan,” Amb. Hakim said.

Last week, the African Union sanctioned South Sudan over failure to pay its financial obligations for three years. The body said South Sudan owed it over $ 9 million. But South Sudan Ambassador to Ethiopia and African Union estimated the amount as about six million US Dollars.

The suspension meant the government could not participate in AU meetings or any of its projects.