The two Indian battalions currently in South Sudan as part of the UN peacekeeping mission have been deployed in areas where they are needed the most, says South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit. Speaking exclusively to SNI Associate Editor Amitabh P Revi and Video Journalist Prateek Suri in the capital Juba, the first president of the world’s newest country spoke about how India can help in implementing a strained peace deal and assist with agriculture that he describes as the mainstay of the country’s economy. The 68-year-old who became the country’s first president in 2011 also spoke about the internal opposition and his vision for the road ahead. And he believes the current peace deal will not fail like in the past.
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