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South Sudan vows readiness to redesigning ties with U.S.

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August 23, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government pledged on Wednesday its readiness to redesign its bilateral relations with the people and the government of United States.

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South Sudan minister Deng Alor Koul (Photo: Moses Lomoyat)

Foreign affairs minister Deng Alor Kuol told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday that the people of South Sudan and the Americans enjoy a “very strong friendship" with embassies mutually established.

“A good friend would come out and tell you from the bottom of his heart whatever he sees that you need to fix. This does not mean the friend does not like you. At the moment the two nations maintain a cordial relationship. Relations between the two countries are traceable as far back as before the war of liberation struggle”, explained Foreign Minister Kuol to Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

The minister said the two nations would eventually overcome the current situation and move on to redesigning how best they could work together to revert the past in order to consolidate efforts.

“Yes, the leaderships and people in the two countries are aware of challenges they dealing with at the moment but this should not be interpreted to mean the two countries will never get back to the situation they were in the past. The situation will change and it will be the opportunity to redesign how they would restructure bilateral relations in various areas for mutual benefits of the citizens of the two countries,” he explained.

His comments after American senators wrote a letter addressed to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, pointing out the United States has a strong and unique bond with the people of South Sudan through America’s key role in the formation of South Sudan as an independent state.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker and Senator Chris Coons said the international diplomatic response to the ongoing war in the young nation has failed and donors have focused on providing urgent humanitarian relief which reached almost $3 billion since December 2013

“Despite initial optimism about the future of the world’s newest country, the people of South Sudan have spent the past three years entangled in a brutal conflict, which has spiralled out of control, with more than two million people internally displaced and almost two million forced from the country,” U.S. legislators wrote.

The United States, according to the senators, must simultaneously address the structural problems that enable kleptocracy, incentivize violence, and prevent peace.

They demanded a more transparent and responsible government in the future, adding that this includes regional responsibility for impunity and the negative physical and human impact it has on stability and development in the region.

The lawmakers called upon the Treasury to also focus on deploying financial tools that target the financial networks of those obstructing peace and dispersing the proceedings of corruption through the region, and even through America’s financial system.

“We ask the Treasury Department to act to hold South Sudanese leaders accountable. We urge you to investigate corruption, impose network-focused sanctions, identify hidden assets and collaborate with international anti-money laundering standard setting bodies,” they added in the letter.

Corker and Coons pointed out that holding South Sudanese leaders in key decision making positions accountable will send a signal to the government in Juba and the region that bad governance by political and military elites will no longer be given space in the international capital markets for impunity.

“Those fighting in South Sudan will not agree to a sustainable peace until the international community develops more robust leverage and deploys stronger pressure. “We believe the United States can increase the pressure and change the calculations of those profiting from conflict,” they wrote

The American politicians revealed in an August 1, 2017, letter that their intent is to stop the free flow of resources to the political and military leaders, their families and associates through Uganda and Kenya, engagement with international financial institutions and network-focused sanctions.

U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan Molly Phee also on Monday expressed publicly the disappointment of her country with the performance of the government in Juba, saying the relationship between the countries were now not strong as it was before.

The U.S. diplomat attributed the deteriorating in ties continuing war, corruption and the mistreatment of aid workers in the world’s youngest nation.

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  • 24 August 04:10, by Garangs Ghost

    South Sudan is an international embarrassment for the united states. For 25 years it supported it against the North, believed in the "new sudan" nonsense and what did it get in the end? killing,rape,looting, famine,tribalism,corruption and backwardness. America clearly didn’t understand how primitive the South is. South Sudan needs to be placed under UN administration indefinitely.

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    • 24 August 06:47, by Nairobimitot

      Garang’s Ghosts
      I disagree with you. South Sudan doesn’t need to be administered by the UN.I will tell you. What UN can do. It needs to improve the corruption in South Sudan. South Sudan lack understanding about the danger of corruption practices by the government. In that being said, the UN is welcome in South Sudan to provide help in improving the efficiency of the government.

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    • 24 August 13:29, by jubaone

      Garangs Ghost,
      Thank you. I see your remarks as a wake up call cos you dearly love SS. Our good country has been turned into a mad house where naked jienge savages kill, loot, steal and do things only SATAN can do. SS is better off without them or we must remain the "stinking ass" of Africa and the world. That is very sad. But soon, all will be gone and they will also go. Either KOKORA or death.

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    • 24 August 21:05, by garrak1520

      We out-pocketed billions and billions of $ hoping we had good partners, wrong!!! We cannot redesign ties, all we need is Kiir and cronies to go. There are few good men ready to take over the country.
      2 millions refugees, over 3 millions IDP, may be 1 million in Europe, Australia, and America, what else do we need to indicate that we have no partner in Juba.

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  • 24 August 08:00, by Kuch

    Well, South Sudanese people used to hold the US as their uncle, but good relationship was bungled by the US, the UK, their UN & NGOs in 2013 when they sponsored a coup to regime changed an elected government of South Sudan with their Riek Machar & Pagan Amuom idiots that they thought, they would be micro-managed them from Washington, Wall Street, UN building in New York & London>>>

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    • 24 August 08:09, by Kuch

      Little does the idiots in the US, the UK & their UN know that here in South Sudan, people are are very very highly insensitive to anyone earth who think he/she stands over our necks. There is this cliche that "South Sudan was created with US money" And hence South Sudan was to be a US over sea protectorate & South Sudanese people were to be US subjects good luck to those people who think that>>>

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      • 24 August 08:19, by Kuch

        silly idea would be entertained by a real South Sudanese men & women with real ’working brains & grey matters’ in their skulls. History tell us, our ancestors trusted the Arabs & welcomed the evils into our country. And now the same evil arabs have wedged their evil feet right into our country & it has now becomes our biggest nightmare to send the evils back to Saudi Arabia & Yemen where they damn

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        • 24 August 08:28, by Kuch

          hailed from. Anyway, l am going out of topic. The US had helped our people & our country while at the same time, the US & the UK have been our greatest enemies. But some of how shortsighted South Sudanese with clogged brains will not know this simple fact. But l will give them this example. Some of these days, the US, the UK & some of their creeps in between are running to their cloned>>>

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          • 24 August 08:34, by Kuch

            arab North Sudan to straighten out their good relationship. The US, the UK & their creeps in between are doing this to tease South Sudan & the South Sudanese people since it has turns out that South Sudanese people are not their fools they thought we would just be their another black Africans who would hand over our country key to corporate America, Europe & their other creeps in between to come>>

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            • 24 August 08:41, by Kuch

              and set up their banking cartel loan shop & plunder our country and then blame our country & us about mismanaged, corruption & all after they have shipped all the resources in our country back to their countries. But there are a few South Sudanese who are way to well ahead of the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their allies in between dirty game in our country>>>

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              • 24 August 08:48, by Kuch

                against our people and they are working pretty hard to make sure that our country & our people *cannot & will never ever be cheaply intrigued* by the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between like they often do to other African countries. But some of our Riek Machar supporters do not know that the US, the UK, France & other countries>>>

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                • 24 August 09:11, by Kuch

                  often use their so-called UN, humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping & their human rights business scams as their *21s century occupations & neo-coloninalism* intrigues to crawl themselves into other people’s countries mostly the third world countries with resources. Where the US, the UK, France and their NGOs set up their *UN peacekeeping & NGOs’ shop* indefinitely for instance>>>

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    • 24 August 18:08, by lino

      Ya Kuch be real brother and tell the truth that will set you free!!! If the Western countries were involved in Kiir Mayardiit ’s creative coup attempt, your president would have been out of power in that exact date. Look for something else to talk about.
      Kiir learned from Khartoum mentality of designing coup attempts to overthrow his opponents and kill them either physically or politically.

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      • 24 August 18:11, by lino

        Continue: Khartoum’s military tactics don’t work in Juba. Kiir was corrupted by Bashir’s boys who have been advised him since independent of 2011!!!

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  • 24 August 08:12, by dinkdong

    Ties with the U.S., how are they gonna do that? The U.S. and particularly Trump is not ready.

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  • 25 August 15:25, by Isaac

    BREAKING NEWS:
    KUCH is not a ’Human being’ but just a ROBOT programmed to post such repetitive, non-related and boring phrases and arguments in this forum. Anyone can justify this by downloading all his comments under different articles with varying topics but bearing the same (rigid) arguments/comments.

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