South Sudan President, Salva Kiir

South Sudan’s government has admitted facing difficulties in paying diplomats in its foreign missions, attributing the cause to cash crisis in the country.

Mawien Makol, Spokesman of South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said diplomats in the diplomatic missions abroad have not been paid for several months due to the country’s economic crisis.

“We cannot deny that the country is facing economic challenges, so this made the government unable to pay the salaries and allowances of diplomats in some embassies,” said Makol.

He pointed out that some embassies have gone unpaid for two to three months. However, he said the ministry is trying to resolve the problem but could not say when the diplomats will get their money.

Last year, South Sudan decided to cut the number of staff at its embassies around the world due to economic troubles stemming from the ongoing civil war.