Turkey to donate 73,000 army uniforms to South Sudan
According to the Turkish envoy to the country, Erdem Mutaf, the Turkish government is giving more than 73,000 army uniforms to South Sudan to help ensure security throughout the country’s transitional period.
Mutaf told reporters that he spoke with Tut Galuak, the presidential security adviser, about “the Turkish government’s decision to send more than 73,000 army uniforms for the use of united forces in South Sudan” at the government’s request.
“This donation will let us contribute to the effective implementation of the revived peace deal in terms of the formation of unified forces,” he said.
“We received the united forces needs list a while ago and sent it on to the necessary ministries through the Turkish Foreign Ministry,” he added.
Mutaf also stated that Turkey had donated more than 32 tons of food to South Sudan in the last two years, and that the Turkish government will continue to help the country’s peace process.
According to a 2018 peace agreement, the country must train and graduate an 83,000-strong unified force to take command of security during the transitional period until elections are held in 2023.
Due to unmet deadlines, the army’s unification has been postponed.
Economic challenges in the country as a result of the more than the six-year conflict that began in December 2013 have further impeded the process.