The South Sudan government plans to close about 39 overseas embassies due to the worsening financial situation the country is facing.

Mr Mawien Makol, the spokesman for the Foreign Affairs Ministry, said Juba is finding it difficult to manage most embassies abroad.

“We thought of closing a number of embassies so that we can manage the remaining ones well,” Mr Makol said, as quoted by local media in Juba.

He said the decision for the closure will be effected soon.
On May 16, Juba announced it had sacked 40 overseas diplomats for not showing up for work, some of them for years.