Gov’t Promises to Work Handy with SSFA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation officials today paid a courtesy visit to South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) to discuss possible ways to cooperate in sport’s development.

The Director for Public Diplomacy in the Ministry, Ambassador Michael Amanamoi said the purpose of their visit is to discuss how the Ministry and SSFA can work together, especially in areas of sports. He said the Ministry is going to help SSFA in diplomatic issues especially during travels of National Teams for international competitions.

“This visit is very important; I appreciate the President of South Sudan Football Association, Mr. Francis Amin for the cordial welcome. The purpose of this visit is to discuss with the Association how we can strengthen our cooperation to work together and support sport in our country. It is our concern in the Ministry to ensure that the image of the country is well portrayed in foreign countries; therefore, our national teams are some of the examples that carry the name of our country, so they need to be assisted when they are going to represent the country outside and it is our duty to liaise with our embassies to facilitate their traveling permits.”

Mr. Francis Amin welcomed the visit, considering it as a good step towards the development of sport in South Sudan.

“I welcome the visit by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today; this is a very good step towards development of sport in South Sudan. We discussed ways forward on how we can cooperate and how the ministry can help us in facilitating traveling permits for our national teams during international tournaments. We in the Association do welcome this development and ready to work handy with the ministry to ensure smooth development of sport especially football in the country.”

He said the ministry is going to ease one of the burdens that the Association experiences if it chooses to offer this vital assistance, saying that the Association faces many challenges when processing travel permits for the national teams.

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