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The IGAD Executive Secretary, H.E. Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu wishes to congratulate H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit, the Government and people of the Republic of South Sudan on the 10th Year Independence Anniversary of South Sudan. On this special day, the Special Envoy calls upon all South Sudanese not only to renew their vows and commitment in building a peaceful, democratic, all-inclusive and united South Sudan, but also to walk the talk together in harmony.

“IGAD applauds the encouraging progress made so far in the implementation of the 2018 Revitalized Peace Agreement, in particular, the continued holding of the Permanent Ceasefire and the formation of the Executive and Legislative arms of the Government both at the National and State levels. This is a clear indication that South Sudanese mean serious business and have come a long way in their peace and nation building endeavors. In this regard, IGAD greatly appreciates the commitment demonstrated by all the Parties and Stakeholders, and the resilience of the people of South Sudan.

There is much more to do and this is the most appropriate moment to deeply reflect, prioritize and redouble all efforts towards completing the outstanding tasks while simultaneously engaging in post-conflict reconstruction and nation building. There is no time to waste and no resources to spare in the drive to achieve sustainable peace, stability, unity and prosperity for the country.

As the youngest Republic in the continent and the world at large, South Sudan needs the support of the international community to stand on its two feet. We all have the moral obligation to walk hand in hand with this young nation. IGAD, as a partner in this process, remains in this journey with South Sudan. We have travelled some distance already and the destination is still ahead. Regardless of the challenges and obstacles that have been encountered in the past, and those that may lie ahead, IGAD reaffirms its unwavering support to the Peace Process in South Sudan and will continue to provide the necessary support within its means and remit.”

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