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South Sudan lauds U.S. support against armed opposition


January 16, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan government Monday has welcomed the decision of the outgoing U.S. President Barrack Obama to stand with countries in the region against armed opposition in South Sudan.

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (seated) signs a peace agreement in Juba, August 26, 2015. (Photo Reuters/Jok Solomu)

Presidential Advisor on Security Affairs, Tut Kew Gatluak, described the change in the initial U.S. policy towards the young nation as commendable shift in foreign relations.

“This is what we as the government has been saying from the beginning that sanctions and apportioning blames do not help. We have been saying the country needs peace and stability instead of apportioning blames and equates the government to negative force,” said Gatluak when reached on Monday.

The official was reacting to the decision of the U.S. administration to partially lift sanctions placed on Sudan due to the role played by Khartoum in achieving progress in five key areas, including its refusal to interfere in the South Sudanese crisis or supporting the armed opposition. Khartoum also opened the joint border to transport by river and land humanitarian assistance to the conflict affected areas in South Sudan.

Since several months the outgoing American administration informed Juba of its intention to lift sanctions and advised the two countries to work together to normalize bilateral relations.

Last year, the Sudanese government hosted the rebel leader Riek Machar in Khartoum for some time but prevented him from undertaking hostile activities against Juba.

Several rebel leaders sought Khartoum support against Juba because the latter was accused of harbouring Sudanese armed groups.


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  • 17 January 00:23, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

    Obama really is a terrorist! He’s coming to good term with incumbents at the end of his powers, it isn’t effective! He terrorized Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Syria & S. Sudan to mention a few. If Russia didn’t say no to Obama’s interference in Syria & S. Sudan, we’d be like Libya now. Many thanks to Russian President Putin for His sympathy.

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    • 17 January 06:07, by Eastern

      Don’t celebrate this early; there’s a new elephant in the house....

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      • 17 January 07:42, by South South

        Who is a new elephant in the house? Internet warriors? Laughable.

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    • 17 January 09:20, by Dengda

      Labelled leader of the most powerful terrorist I not just irresponsible but stupidity. Where were Russia and China during 21 years of struggle? why Russia and China now. Second, Obama personality and democrat party match, as their foreign policy is peaceful approach. Now you are learning politic, wait for Republican which Trump Personality too, their foreign policy is give it a dumb!

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      • 17 January 09:25, by Dengda

        Wait and see, Kiir, M7, Magube and Gambia president yeyeh will learn hard way. Republican don’t hind the power of America, they used it. By the way no farmer will allowed bull elephants to fight in his farm, South Sudan can’t afford Russia, China, America and it allies and NATO fought over few scarcity resources, I know our government is prostituting with World powerful nation for Supports.

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    • 17 January 13:41, by Nationalist

      When one reads through this floating statements of Sudantribune there is nothing like USA is not willing to support SPLA-IO or any other rebel group in South Sudan. Was this advisor drunk or he thought South Sudan is still a province in Federal republic of Sudan.I watched live the speech of Obama there was nothing like no support to SS rebels. Mr. advisor go back to school so as to improve ur E.L

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  • 17 January 05:00, by Kush Natives

    I disagreed with president Obama! This governing party needs to understand at least something. Kiir need to be removed, whether by force or peace! If that is what will bring war between Dinka and other tribes, then let it be it. People are exhausted of Kiir’s staged ruling in this nation. No none is moving in S Sudan except poverties’ looting and human right abuses/crimes.

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