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South Sudan’s Kiir leaves for US-Africa summit

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July 31, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese president Salva Kiir has left for the United States-Africa summit, despite calls from activists to exclude the young nation’s leader from the forthcoming event.

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US president Barack Obama meets with South Sudanese president Salva Kiir Mayardit in New York on 21 September 2011 (Photo: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Presidential spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny told reporters on Thursday that the South Sudanese leader is one of the African heads of state invited by the Washington administration to participate in the summit.

“The president will use the opportunity to invite investors who were already planning to come and those he will meet at the summit. It will be an important event for the government and our people because it will focus on trade and investment in Africa, of which South Sudan is one of the countries in Africa with a lot of areas where investors are free to come and invest,” said Ateny.

About 50 African heads of state and government, the African Union chairperson, a range of US and African civil society and business leaders, young African leaders, and Members of Congress will attend the 6 August summit.

This year’s summit is reportedly the largest single engagement by any US president with the African continent.

The presence of so many African leaders at the summit reportedly provides an historic opportunity to further strengthen ties with our African partners and highlight America’s longstanding commitment to investing in Africa’s development and its people.

PLANNED PROTESTS

Meanwhile, a group of South Sudanese plan to protest against president Kiir’s alleged involvement the ongoing conflict, which has killed thousands and displaced about 1.3 million people.

Organisers of the protest, in correspondences sent to Sudan Tribune, petitioned President Barrack Obama over his South Sudan counterpart’s visit, saying the latter be tried for alleged genocide.

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  • 1 August 2014 06:17, by George Bol

    No protest in D.C, if there is one than those are Nuer because they have failed to take leadership by force.Nuer you better arrest Riek the former vice president for making coup plot against the state.

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    • 1 August 2014 22:54, by Mr Point

      Remember Heglig.

      President Obama lost all trust in President Kiir because Salva lied about troop deployments towards Heglig in 2012.

      Kiir’s diplomacy has been a catastrophe for South Sudan.

      How many states came for Independence Day? 100.
      How many states came for the 3rd anniversary? Uganda alone.

      Failed President. Failed State

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  • 1 August 2014 06:22, by Chol A.

    Why the rebels leaders does not attending that summit? Where are those who always barking saying Kiir is an illegal president? Who is known and being invited to attend summit between Dr.hopeless Riekbaai and Kiir? I would like Wang, Midiit, Kim Deng, Malakal nyagat son and some of Riekbaai supporters to answer me and think properly of their blindly direction with Dr.hopeless.

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  • 1 August 2014 06:48, by wang

    Will she shall returns back safely?

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    • 1 August 2014 06:55, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      The real handsome Joshua of all time, his long beard will be preserved and memorialize in the national museum after his passing at a ripen age.

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    • 1 August 2014 07:02, by Chol A.

      @wang you have not answered my questions despite you witching him using Ngundeng primitive illusion of Dr. Hopeless Riekbaai. Please can you check "she" whether alike to female or Male? But witching Kiir to death will not give you room to leadership because there are worst leaders than him on the way brother.

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    • 1 August 2014 07:04, by Madina Tonj

      Wang. Salva Kiir Mayardit is not the only person in GOSS. You guys were complaining John Garang Mabior is bad but after when he crashed and died then, you guys have switch your complains to Salva Kiir Mayardit and I think there will be no any good leader for Nuers people. Remember there are capable educators Dinkas politicians but the reason why we kept silence is because a system must be respect

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  • 1 August 2014 06:52, by Madina Tonj

    Look, these Nuers people are likely to see some thing badly so they will avoid it. Riek Machar was having concept that, he will take presidency through coup and Military force when he sees there are more than 70,000 soldiers from his tribe Nuers but surprised after 8000 Nuers SPLA were defeated and kick out in Juba. I think barking wouldn’t resolved this problems but try to be peaceful people yes

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  • 1 August 2014 07:15, by tootke’bai-ngo

    CHOL A.
    KIIR MAYAR LOST HIS LEGETIMACY LONG TIME AGO. HE DON’T TRUST HIS PEOPLE INCLUDING THE SO-CALLED TIGERS TO PROTECT HIM. THAT’S WHY WE SPENT MORE THAN $10 BILLIONS TO PAY UGANDIAN SOLDIERS IN JUST SHORT PERIOD. THE SITTING PRESIDENT IS A SITTING PRESIDENT EVEN OMER BASHIR WITH ICC WARRANTY ON HIS HEAD GOES TO AU SUMMITS. THE INVITATION IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SUFFERING PEOPLE OF S.SUDAN NOT KIR

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  • 1 August 2014 07:16, by tootke’bai-ngo

    CHOL A.
    KIIR MAYAR LOST HIS LEGETIMACY LONG TIME AGO. HE DON’T TRUST HIS PEOPLE INCLUDING THE SO-CALLED TIGERS TO PROTECT HIM. THAT’S WHY WE SPENT MORE THAN $10 BILLIONS TO PAY UGANDIAN SOLDIERS IN JUST SHORT PERIOD. THE SITTING PRESIDENT IS A SITTING PRESIDENT EVEN OMER BASHIR WITH ICC WARRANTY ON HIS HEAD GOES TO AU SUMMITS. THE INVITATION IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SUFFERING PEOPLE OF S.SUDAN NOT KIR

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    • 1 August 2014 07:44, by Chol A.

      @ tooket or how you called yourself, can you let me know why are only Nuer think of leader lost direction. Riek abandon splm/A during Dr. John and now in Kiir’s time he got chance to come up and still playing his dirty game within government he is second to top job! But you still followed him what else he need? Tiger was composed with your bias and those who are bias had run away with you.

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      • 1 August 2014 07:53, by Chol A.

        Kiir had trust each and every South Sudanese in his leadership before Riekbaai crisis even now, but your attitude made everyone within South Sudan doubt because we seen example from you by following Riek without tracing what went wrong between him and Kiir! I believe you are not trusted by any tribes because you just act stupid and ignoring the facts. I will not trusted you personal leave Kiir.

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  • 1 August 2014 10:14, by jijury

    Idiot, incompetent, tribalist, illegitimate primitive Gorial Cowboy Salva Kiir will be humiliate and embarrass like a dog let him come to US.

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    • 1 August 2014 11:20, by Tibs

      Hang yourself not to hear him again idiot!

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