Uganda Shuts Down Embassy in South Sudan Due to Hostilities

The spokesperson for the Uganda Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Fred Opolot said the government had closed its embassy on Wednesday in Juba, South Sudan amid clashes.

Opolot said that it was prudent for Uganda to close its mission in Juba for the safety and security of the staff.

“As soon as the situation stabilises, our staff will return back to resume work at the mission,’’ he added.

He said that the move came barely a day after the U.S. closed its embassy in Juba and advised its citizens to immediately leave the country.

Opolot said that if the clashes between soldiers loyal to the sacked former Vice President Riek Machar and incumbent President Salva Kiir continued to escalate, the government would evacuate the embassy staff and citizens trapped in the fighting.

The clashes in Juba started on Sunday following an alleged coup attempt by a group of soldiers who raided an armoury at the army's main barracks in Juba.

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