KUWAIT – South Sudan’s ambassador to Kuwait, Parmena Makuet Manar Riak, has passed away today at dawn after short illness, according to a foreign ministry official.
The foreign ministry official who spoke to Sudans Post on condition of anonymity said Manar died in Kuwait following short illness caused by high-blood pressure and diabetes.
The official although hinted at COVID-19, the official ruled out the possibility.
“This is to confirm that Ambassador Parmena Makuet Manar Riak, our country’s representative to the state of Kuwait has died,” the official said. “We cannot rule out COVID-19, but what I have as of now is that he has been sick with high blood pressure and diabetes.”
Manar was the first South Sudan ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt.
He was appointed the head the country’s diplomatic mission in the North African country following the independence of South Sudan in 2011.
Before he was moved to Kuwait, he was South Sudan’s ambassador to Nigeria.
He was later on recalled and then redeployed to Kuwait.