Norwegian Ambassador to South Sudan, Linken Nymann Berryman hosted the colourful event in her Residence in Juba with nearly 200 guests in attendance to celebrate the Constitutional Day.
The event was attended by members of the diplomatic community, representatives of UN Agencies, Government officials, non-governmental organizations, and civil societies. It was graced by the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin.
Speaking during the ceremony, Ambassador Linken emphasized Norway’s historical relations with the people of South Sudan and a shared struggle for freedom and democracy.
“For more than 50 years, Norway has had the honour of working closely with the people of South Sudan. A special bond of friendship exists between our two nations. We know your struggles; we have been with you through difficult times and will continue to support your efforts to restore peace and stability.”
“South Sudan is now at a crossroads and is in a critical phase of nation-building”, said Ambassador Linken.
While on his part South Sudan’s Minister of Presidential Affairs, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin commended Norway’s continued support to the people of South Sudan and welcomes Norway’s support and experience as South Sudan prepares to write its own constitution.
“I can see why you ask me every time about our constitution...we will welcome your support and your experience”, said Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin.
Norway’s Constitution Day is a celebration of a monumental event in the history of Norway. It is the day when the Norwegian Constitution was signed 109 years ago. The event paved the way for a modern democratic society and marked a turning point in Norway’s history and journey to independence and self-rule.