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January 21, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President, Salva Kiir is optimistic of better a working relation with the new U.S. administration led by Donald Trump, an aide said.

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

Tor Deng Mawien, the presidential advisor on decentralization and intergovernmental linkage said Kiir sent a congratulatory message to his U.S. counterpart.

“As the government and as the president himself, he [Kiir] looks forward for to improve better working relations with the new US administration,” the presidential aide said Saturday.

According to the South Sudanese official, Kiir has “a very clear vision and stance" on how he intends to approach issues of mutual interest with the new U.S administration.

President Kiir, his aide stressed, pledged to unite the country through the national dialogue he launched late last year to heal wounds and bring change in Africa’s newest nation.

"The position of the government has been from the very beginning that we will not punish, even those who do not agree with the government. We want them to come to the table and talk instead of using guns. Violence is the best way to address grievances”, further said Mawien.

One of the countries that recognized South Sudan’s independence on 9 July, 2011, the U.S. played a key role in helping create the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that laid the groundwork for the 2011 referendum on self-determination, through which the people of South Sudan overwhelmingly voted for independence.

Until now, several disputes between the two Sudans remain unresolved post-independence, including demarcation of the border, status and rights of the citizens of each country in the other, and the status of Abyei region.

Currently, the U.S. government remains the leading international donor to South Sudan, and provides significant humanitarian assistance to the hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese citizens displaced or otherwise affected since the start of the country’s crisis in December 2013.

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  • 21 January 23:43, by john akeen

    Where is haters to comment on this, please we need your hate opinion ya Mr.online politicians, I now you don’t like anything or any-move that people president of South Sudan Mr. Salva Kiir do. Anyways I just want to send this massage to P Kiir that God had left him for us to build up our dream home that we were fighting for for more than 50yrs and also make your relationship strong with outside

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    • 21 January 23:50, by john akeen

      Country’s because your relationship with them will help with any emergencies that maid hit your people and also it’s help your people with other things. Thank you Mr. President

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    • 22 January 02:14, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      While many who have rhetorically opposed to the way Kiir is running the affairs of the country are rotting in security dungeons how can the government claim it has the guts to reconcile with those carrying guns. The salvation of South Sudan will come from patriotic citizens with assistance of peace loving people of the world. Trump should be one of those people.

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    • 22 January 06:54, by Eastern

      john akeen,

      You sound pedestrian here. If you had followed Trumps inauguration speech, you won’t be wallowing in your ignorance here. Trumps presidency puts American interest ahead and above any other; so if the regime change agenda is in America’s interest, you and likeminded must be afraid!!!

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    • 22 January 07:05, by EYE SEE

      Kiir has murdered, raped & killed civilians all over SS
      he must go
      S.Sudanese were forced at gun point to eat human flesh in Juba 2013 massacre
      S.Sudanese need Dr.Machar as a president

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      • 23 January 05:53, by Gatluak jal

        EYE we citizen of Bentiu don’t need Rick Machar to be a president of SS because his presidency will be the worse one than what we have been already witness in this country. At this time a round, SS need some that could bring the nation together which I am doubtful that Rick will be able the one that can unite the country. He is the one caused the pains among the people of SS in 1991 and 2013.

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    • 22 January 09:24, by jubaone

      John Akeen,
      Kiir is hopeless and unfit to be president. If that’s how he were to run the SPLA during the 21yrs, I bet there could be nothing called SS. Dr. Garang ran the SPLA with little resources and got this far, Kiir had sooo much resources and got nowhere. SS is not any different than it was 21yrs ago under the jellaba. Dr. Garang was just exceptional very un-jienge like. Kiir is the real jie

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    • 22 January 11:32, by jengelon

      Yes John
      USA Democrat’s really destroyed our dreams & let us down if not the republicans we’l not even have this country Obama, Suzanne both are history God to bless Donald Trump to left us up & stand on our feet as we’l rise again one day as our president said this Bravo Mr.President

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    • 23 January 07:15, by Marol Wang

      Ofcourse mr. Poster, it is unfortunate for kiirdit to look for better relation with new US administration when the country fall appart in his hand, in other hand better relation is for better country, where is better country when kiir still mastering his evile plans around the country still? Again no peace to make this country shine, calm and better? I think you need to correct your way of express

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    • 23 January 08:00, by Midit Mitot

      John Akeen,
      this is too late for Kiir to send congratulatory message to new elected President of US, how many days today from the day of sworn in of Donald Trump?

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    • 27 January 15:52, by equatoriaWIN

      John Akeen if that is your name,

      You are pedestrian like other jienge dog. Go to your dog house before you see God.

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  • 22 January 06:47, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    every country in 194 nations in the world need to works with South Sudan, they stop to work with because of none stop war and none disarmament from the youths of South Sudan. if we needs better relationship with country in the world then let us put off ©civil war and make ©disarmament of illegal gun from our youths of the country.

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    • 22 January 08:38, by john akeen

      I like your comment and that is the exactly talk that we are suppose to talk about. Reik followers are the people that who is destroying south sudan they don’t want to join Peace they just want to fallow Reik Machar until he die.

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      • 22 January 09:34, by jubaone

        John Akeen,
        With your limitless greed you jienges have destroyed the SS. Today jienges have problems with almost every other communities in SS and even among themselves. In jiengeland where you are entirety on your own and without war, you can’t and won’t develop why? There are so many illegal guns in jiengeland than all the areas. So it’s not about guns it’s about ignorance and idiocy.

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    • 22 January 11:01, by Tilo

      Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      How can gun be silence when the current government does not want to implement Peace Agreement.
      It has prove beyond doubt implementing peace Agreement with Taban D. Gai can not silence gun, why can’t the government include someone who can bring the entire IO together and silence the gun. It is clear that Taban D. Gai has failed to control/implement peace. Time’s up for Taban

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  • 22 January 09:36, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    USA, the beacon of freedom of speech, press, association and champion of democracy to work with a despot!! One wonders if the sun has begun rising in the west and sets in the east. Now is the time of waiting and seeing what is going to unfold.

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