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U.S. diplomat snubbed by South Sudanese officials


January 19, 2017 (JUBA) – The United States Assistant Secretary of State for Bureau of African Affairs visited Juba on Wednesday but failed to meet President Salva Kiir or any government representative, local media reported on Thursday .

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Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield, testifies on Jan. 9, 2014, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on situation in South Sudan. (Photo AP Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Linda Thomas-Greenfield arrived to Juba on Wednesday in a one-day visit before to travel to Ethiopia. The purpose of the visit was to discuss issues if mutual concern, to discuss humanitarian assistance with the international organisations working in the country.

She concluded her visit by meeting the U.S. Embassy staffs and a selected number of editors from South Sudanese newspapers and radio stations.

“I am disappointed that I cannot meet the President or other member of his government,” Linda told the journalists, according to the English language newspaper, The Juba Monitor.

The American diplomat, said her one day trip was meant to empathize Washington position on deployment of UN Security Council authorized Regional Protection Force and continued support to the full implementation of the shaky peace agreement.

Linda said the national dialogue announced by President Salva Kiir last month should be inclusive.

“It has to be one in which people feel confidence in the process,” she told editors from the US funded Eye Radio, UN’s Radio Miraya and independent The Juba Monitor newspaper in a brief encounter in Juba on Wednesday.

“So it is not just the process that is being controlled by the government but is an open process that everyone who is participating makes some contribution to how it will be organized,” she said.

The National Dialogue announced by President Kiir will be headed by former political and religious leaders.

President Kiir appointed the steering committee of more than 50 members without consulting his rivals from the armed SPLM In Opposition or any other political parties, attracting criticism of attempting to negotiate with himself.


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  • 20 January 00:01, by Gabriel KK

    What is she doing in Africa and her government is leaving the office in few hours?

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    • 20 January 01:19, by lino

      Ya Kk,

      Governments business doesn’t stop with change of government in these mordern countries. She’s still doing her job and till someone took over her job.

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      • 20 January 03:32, by Akook

        Running away from Obama admin of Susan Rice and Donald who have busy covering up Juba genocidal regime ass! Hahaha...

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        • 20 January 03:34, by Akook

          Donald Booth, John Kerry I think Juba should pay them back their hard work instead of running away from them in the last minute

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          • 20 January 04:48, by Marol Wang

            Yes, there might be some thing wrong, how can you turn blind eye to your master who always stand by you, S. Sudan should thank US gov,t in what they did in support to the new nation instead of runing away, for me it is unfair action.

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            • 20 January 06:31, by Akuma

              Linda left to South Sudan Juba without seeking permission from Incoming US government of Donald Trump while their Obama regime expire. Shame to her and her government for failing South Sudan people.

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              • 20 January 07:33, by Midit Mitot

                Look at her, she was trying to gossip some fake things to Kiir, good enough she did not managed

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  • 20 January 05:41, by dinkdong

    I think the government officials of South Sudan are paying her back for what she did during the "2013 coup attempted." She was the first foreign investigator to declared that there was no coup attempted by former Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar.
    Don’t you guys think?

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  • 20 January 06:27, by Fair Man

    What if the US expel the Ambassador of South Sudan from Washington DC as well sanctioning the permanent Representative to UN in New York? I think an apology is needed from Juba. Otherwise this act of not according diplomatic reception to the high ranking US diplomatic will have severe consequences to Juba Government. Wait and see what follows after. Juba may be denied any visa to enter US

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    • 20 January 07:19, by Hitler Alive

      This how apology must go: Dear Washington
      We regret and profoundly condemn the uncouth cold shoulders turned to your daughter while she visit us. We must say, as you know, as the government, the president convoys did not have fuel, nor the ministers’ have too. our phones run out of airtime.Koryom was dismiss and could not Shylock from Othom. Sorry and send us some donations. Greet trump.

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      • 20 January 10:16, by Maan Palekni

        You have hit the nail the hardest, Kiir government lol

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  • 20 January 07:35, by Unionist Agent

    As if she has forgotten the bias report she made to the congress 2 years

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  • 20 January 07:48, by Tut Gatkuoth

    @ All Junubin
    This woman is useless and i don’t even know why she has the authenticity of coming to Juba with a stupid decision to meet the president and FVP, the regime of Obama has been like cancer to this country, let’s wait for Donald T...

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  • 20 January 07:50, by Uncle J

    Who the hell would think of issuing an apology to expiring Obama’s administration when they know it is the same administration that is always pushing for sanctions on South Sudan through UNSC

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  • 20 January 08:33, by Fair Man

    Uncle J
    A leaked report indicates that South Sudanese Embassy in Washington D.C will be closed down as it was the Ambassador represents an illegitimate regime. This will also follow the expulsion of the UN Mission’s representative to UN so that actions are taken against Juba, to save South Sudanese from the marauding JCE regime. What precautions have you?

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  • 20 January 09:20, by Tut Gatkuoth

    @ Fair man
    That will never have any single effect on south sudan

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  • 20 January 13:56, by NyanDengdit

    Last day of work from Obama administration. Obama was good leader to America but not around the world. Obama he destroys South Sudan because of his interest of American.
    Riek Machar arrived to Washington DC because Obama has connected him with Donald Trump.

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  • 20 January 14:08, by Naath

    Linda Thomas-Greenfield,

    You deserve the humiliation and other Obama’s agents deserve humiliations as well. Thanks Kiir and Dinka Council of Elders for refusing to meet that inept Obama’s agent.

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