South Sudan thanks India at UN for support, advice

South Sudan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Akuei Bona Malwal has thanked India for its support and valuable advice given to his country.

He added that Juba is grateful for its friendship with New Delhi. Addressing the UN Security Council, Malwal said, "Allow me, President, to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the outgoing delegations of Kenya and India for their support and valuable advice offered to my country and our mission for the last two years," according to the video shared by Indian Counsellor Pratik Mathur on his Twitter account.

Recently, India deployed an all-women platoon of peacekeepers as part of the Indian Battalion to the United Nations Interim Security Force in Abyei (on the border between South Sudan and Sudan).

The Abyei Area is a border area between South Sudan and Sudan that has been granted "special administrative status" by the 2004 Protocol on the Resolution of the Abyei Conflict (Abyei Protocol) in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the Second Sudanese Civil War.

This is India's largest single unit of women peacekeepers in a UN mission since the deployment of the first-ever all-woman contingent in Liberia in 2007.


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