November 26, 2019

US Recall Its Ambassador To South Sudan Back To Washington


The U.S. has ordered its ambassador to South Sudan Thomas Hushek back to Washington for consultations as Washington re-evaluates its relationship with the country after delays in implementing a fragile peace deal.

The unusual public U.S. State Department statement was contained in a tweet Monday by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. This is a sign of his country’s frustration with the failure of South Sudan rivals to meet this month’s deadline to form a coalition government and end bloodshed.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Dr Riek Machar agreed to postpone that key step for 100 days. They had faced a November 12 deadline but said security and governance issues needed to be resolved before a coalition government can be formed.

The U.S. said that the delay “calls into question their suitability to continue to lead the nation’s peace process.”


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