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JUBA - 25 Aug 2016

South Sudan summons Congolese ambassador in Juba over Machar exit

The South Sudanese government has summoned a Congolese ambassador in Juba to explain the circumstances under which the armed opposition leader and the former first vice president, Riek Machar, entered the neigbouring country after fleeing Juba last month. 

The DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) Ambassador in Juba was summoned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to show up on 25th August 2016 and explain how the rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar crossed into Congo was later airlifted by the UN for medical treatment within Congo.

Also the ministry accused Congo of allowing the UN of sending military aircraft into South Sudan to allegedly aid rebels inside South Sudan. 

The statement, whose authenticity has been confirmed by several officials at the ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation, including its undersecretary, Joseph Ayok Anei, comes after several government officials and military officers have been protesting the manner in which Machar left the country, some of whom blamed the military, particularly the chief of general staff, Paul Malong Awan and his deputies for failing to execute orders directing to catch Machar alive or dead.