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The President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit on Monday received the credentials of Dr Sinead Walsh as the new ambassador of the European Union (EU) Delegation to South Sudan.
Ambassador Dr Walsh was accorded a guard of honour following the presentation of the anthems of South Sudan and the European Union by the army's Brass Band.
During the ceremony, the ambassador briefed president Kiir of EU’s current €260 million development spending in in South Sudan in areas of agriculture, rural development and education, as well as €45 million humanitarian expenditure last year.
She noted that peace will bring more opportunities in the development field which would support the peace process, with the urgent need to focus on jobs and education. "We in the EU are keen to do more with the people of South Sudan," she said.
The two also had a good discussion about the progress and challenges in the peace process and the need for more frequent and frank dialogue between the government and the international community in Juba. She also mentioned the Post-Cotonou process and South Sudan's possible participation in the future.
Dr Walsh takes over from Stefano De Leo who had been in the country for four years.