ADDIS ABABA – South Sudan has been expelled from the African Union (AU) for failing to pay membership arrears for more than three years which amount to over $9 million, the South Sudan ambassador to Addis Ababa said.
Petia Morgan who is also the head of South Sudan mission to the continental body said in a letter addressed to the ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation that they were informed of the decision shortly before they were expelled from an AU meeting on Tuesday.
“The mission would like to inform your esteemed office that our country has been sanctioned due to lack of payment of its contribution to the African Union,” Amb. Morgan said in the letter seen by Sudans Post.
The diplomat said the country has not paid its contributions amounting to over 9 million dollars ($9,191,234.02) to the AU budget and peace funds for the last three years.