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South Sudan deploys Buay as chargé d’affaires to U.S.


Ambassador Gordon Buay speaks at the Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition's annual forum on 30 April 2017 (ST photo)

March 21, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government has deployed Gordon Buay as charge de affairs to Washington after recalling the head of the mission for consultation.

The government, in response to the decision by the United States which restricts sales of arms to the troubled east African nation, decided to recall Ambassador Garang Diing Akuong in protest of what it equated to sanctions and an arms embargo.

A presidential aide told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday that the government decided to deploy Buay to the United States with the full backing of the government, particularly the office of the president and his two deputies.

“Comrade Gordon Buay has been returned to the United States this time not deputy head of mission but in a different capacity. He has returned as the charge d’affaires. He will be the head of the mission in the absence of the ambassador", said the aide.

"A chargé enjoys the same privileges and immunities as a regular ambassador”, the aide explained when asked to comment on the status of the relations between the US and the Republic of South Sudan following the recall of Ambassador Akuong.

The undersecretary of the ministry of foreign affairs also confirmed the return of Buay to the US, saying Chargés d’affaires are appointed to be permanent heads of mission, in cases where the two countries lack ambassadorial-level relations.

A chargé d’affaires, however, do not permit credential to the president of the host country since they are appointed by letters of credence from the foreign minister of the sending state to the foreign minister of the receiving state.

With the absence of the minister of foreign affairs, it remains unclear who signed the deployment letter. Buay also confirmed his deployment, saying has been in Washington since Tuesday after departing Juba on the directive of the government with the knowledge of the president.

“I will do my best to serve the country,” said Buay.

The South Sudanese diplomat said peace remains the priority and will exert efforts to educate and enlighten American people and leaders about the efforts which the government has undertaken to end the war and restore stability.


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  • 21 March 22:54, by lino

    Hahaha!!! Who signed the letter in the absence of Foreign Affairs Minister?!!! Kiir, Nhial, or Bak?!!!

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    • 22 March 04:55, by South South

      Mr. President signed the letter of assignment. This is to show you that president Kiir is the head of everything in South Sudan. This is a country run by real people, not "KARAMAS"

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      • 22 March 17:06, by lino

        He is a fool then! He should send all the government ministers home as well as civil servant then the world will recognize him as intelligent ever human been Africa has produced!!!
        Otherwise stick to this word: FOOL.

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    • 22 March 05:33, by Eastern


      Good question. Kiir was lamenting of South Sudan having become a laughing stock when he largely contributes to that. Which country that wants to be taken serious would have a useless man of Gordon Buay’s caliber as its face in Washington? Is he going to begin insulting the Americans for sanctioning the 15 South Sudanese entities today?

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      • 22 March 07:46, by jubaone

        This worthless and mediocre nyagat or coin rebel whose academic and professional background is "unknown" should be carrying for us water or polishing our shoes. In anycase, he represents the jienge republic and has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with SS. If we had parliamentary vetting for ambassadorial posts like in most countries, these scumbags would remain the true "house servants"

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    • 23 March 10:35, by Midit Mitot

      Hahahaah Gordon Buay head of Mission,

      JCE government is always making worse to worse, go-head!!!!

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  • 22 March 04:23, by Mayendit

    Gordon Buay Malek
    You have been dreaming at website at the time you were not deploys from Juba’s government. In many times, you have had repeated saying, Dinka’s government but now you are working as a head Ambassador for the Republic of South Sudan in the United States of America. Beware that, thousand of South Sudanese citizens are watching you. When someone working,he can say, gov, is good.

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  • 22 March 04:42, by Mayendit

    Gordon Buay Malek.
    I have nothing to against you nor your position because you are absolutely citizen in the Republic of South Sudan and I belief you have all rights just many others citizens do. The reason was to remind you about the things which you have said at the website and you should real thanking president Salve Kiir Mayardit for putting trust on you even though you had liable him.

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  • 22 March 04:54, by Mayendit

    Final, on new head Ambassador: Gordon Buay Malek
    Congratulation man and it is up to you to show us how best you are, your skillful, experience and your performance is matter to all South Sudanese people. Remember, the former vice president who turned rebel leader said, Malek must be fire and Kiir told him there is no reason but he was still insisted at that time in Juba before being kick out.

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    • 22 March 20:26, by lino

      Several years ago he made a youtube video overthrowing Kiir Mayardiit from Presidency when Riek and Kiir working together for Nation Building, but look at him now working under Kiir’s Regimes. Those kind of folks are not truth-worthy; you will know about him very soon when he is out!!!

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  • 22 March 06:01, by Lenin Bull

    In politics there is no permanent enemity and no permanent friendship as well. What tied people together at certain particular times are interests. Buay is bitter yesterday but he changed to who is today. Get your ugly mouths out of him and let him serve our country in the USA as our charge D’Affaires period.

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  • 22 March 06:07, by Lenin Bull

    How many times has Taban Deng Gai become friends and enemies with Riek Machar. Taban conspired with Riek in 1991 and they differed and parted way. In 2013 they became firend again and Taban played key role Juba fighting in 2013, and parted way 2016. They may be friend again in near future. Leave Buay alone guys.

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    • 22 March 07:32, by Kush Natives

      Lenin Bull,
      Taban himself hate Riek Machar more than anyone in the planet. Therefore, he’s finish with him. Riek Machar will remain as a symbol of dead bodies in South Sudan.

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      • 22 March 11:01, by Theallseeingeye

        Kuch Native

        If I am not mistaken, just few days ago you were saying "the president is not the head of Central Bank blah" when he(Kiir) foolishly revealed that there is no money the treasure, now I wish you go it very clear this time. in J1 president is GOD.

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  • 22 March 14:30, by Sunday Junup

    Buay Maleek,
    In 2011, you said Kiir was dictator and man of nepotism but what can you say now?

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