Israel appoints non-resident envoy to South Sudan

The Foreign Ministry on Tuesday named Haim Koren as ambassador to South Sudan, signaling the importance Jerusalem attributes to its relationship with the world's newest state.
Koren, a former director of the ministry's Political Planning Division, will for the time being be a non-resident ambassador, flying regularly from Israel to South Sudan. 
The appointment comes just a few weeks after South Sudan's President Salva Kiir visited Israel for a one-day visit. Jerusalem is keen on strengthening its ties with an arc of eastern African countries - Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan - which, like Israel, are worried about Iranian penetration and radical Islamic terrorism.
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