U.S. recalls ambassador from South Sudan after unity government failure

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Leader of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement In Opposition (SPLM-IO) Riek Machar shakes hands with South Sudan's President Salva Kiir after a tripartite summit on the revitalised agreement on resolutions of the conflict in South Sudan, at the State House in Entebbe, Uganda, November 7, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES - RC2K6D9WUO44

The United States has recalled its ambassador from South Sudan after the leaders of formerly warring factions failed to agree on a unity government, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

Ambassador Thomas Hushek will return for consultations “as part of the re-evaluation of the U.S. relationship with the Government of South Sudan given the latest developments,” the department said in a statement.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted that Washington would “work with the region to support efforts to achieve peace and a successful political transition in South Sudan.”

South Sudan’s ministry of foreign affairs said it was still engaging with the United States.

“Our position is still the same. We are still engaging with them and we have a good relationship,” spokesman Mawien Makol told Reuters.

He said differences over the extension of time to form a unity government “should not break our relations. The extension is meant to fully implement the peace agreement.”

After a devastating five-year civil war, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar signed a peace deal in September 2018, under pressure from the United Nations, the United States and regional governments...readmore

Source: Reuters

 

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