Ruben Marial Benjamin, the first ambassador of South Sudan to represent his country in Israel, will present his credentials next week to President Reuven Rivlin. The appointment was announced in September and is within the framework of South Sudan’s foreign policy to increase its diplomatic presence in strategic countries.
Only established in 2011 having gained independence from Sudan, and one of the world’s poorest countries, South Sudan is heavily reliant on its allies and neighbors.
With the establishment of an embassy in Israel, South Sudan will have a total of 25 embassies around the world.
Benjamin will be the third of four ambassadors presenting credentials next week.
The others are set to be Feliciano Antonio dos Santos, ambassador of Angola; Nathaniel G. Imperial, ambassador of the Philippines; and Margaret Ann Louise Jobson, the non-resident ambassador of Jamaica.
Ordinarily the president accepts the credentials of between three to five ambassadors at one time, but never more than that. On Thursday he accepted the credentials of four ambassadors, and with the envoys mentioned above, the total will come to eight in the space of a week.