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Kiir’s entourage confirms his call to U.S. Republican front-runner Trump

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March 21, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, has admitted calling Donald Trump, one of the presidential hopefuls in the upcoming elections in the United States of America, to express his personal wishes to him and his party.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives the thumbs up (AFP Photo)

President Kiir, according to one of his closest aides and confirmed by several high level political allies in the army and at the ministry of foreign affairs, told Trump he would be grateful working with administration led by the Republican candidate and described Trump as the right candidate deserving support to win the race.

“It is true. Our media colleagues should have commented on this. There is nothing wrong here. The president of the republic has called Donald Trump to just extend him his solidarity and personal wishes for success,” a presidential aide told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

“You know very well that this country came into being because of the support we, as the people of South Sudan, had received from the people of the United States of America, especially the republicans,” he added.

The official claimed that Republicans display rare leadership and willingness to listen than other parties in the United States.

“We would like to work with the U.S. administration which would be willing to listen to the people and try to work with the government elected by the people instead of listening too much to propaganda,” he said.

The American foreign policy under the administration led by the Republicans, he added, has always been objective and this is why it is important that the government and particularly the president should reach out to republican candidates and other candidates who would work together with the government to move the country to the next level in cooperation on all diplomatic fronts.

The comments followed a statement issued after President Kiir last week spoke on phone with the US presidential hopeful and mega-billionaire businessman, Trump. The 2-minute conversation, according to the statement which the presidency did not deny or confirm, was cordial and touched on several issues including investment by Trump in South Sudan and the region.

“Donald Trump is a true hard-working and no-nonsense American who, when he becomes president, will support South Sudan in its democratic path and stability. South Sudan, the world’s newest nations, is also looking forward to Donald Trump’s support and investment in almost all the sectors,” the statement released after the conversation last week reads.

On his part, Trump who is currently busy campaigning in the US, allegedly thanked President Kiir in-front of thousands of his supporters in the United States.

“Last night, I received a call from Africa, the President of the world’s newest nation… Many of you might not know this country… honestly; I had to look it up myself….. But, President of South Sudan Salva Kiir has reached out to me to help that new nation that we [America] helped create. He pledged his full support for my candidacy. And I told him when I become President of the USA, and if he is still President of that country, then we shall have a lot to talk about,” Trump purportedly told his supporters in one of his campaign rallies in the United States.

Trump expressed his thanks for the endorsement and said he will send his top aides to the country to discuss further the investment opportunities.

Observers say the development is attempt by President Salva Kiir and his political strategists and supporters to display his frustration with the current U.S. President Barack Obama, who has also been frustrated by the performance of South Sudanese government especially with the issues related to corruption, lack of accountability.

President Obama is also frustrated with the way the government has been handling the conflict which started on 15 December 2013 leading to massacre in Juba, the capital city, and elsewhere in the country.

The 2-year old violent conflict erupted following disagreement over reforms within the leadership of the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

President Obama and members of his administration have been pressing for possible sanctions against government officials, who obstruct the implementation of the peace agreement.

The government of South Sudan, including President Kiir, considers proposals to impose sanctions as interference in internal affairs of a sovereign country and attempts to implement regime change agenda.

President Kiir therefore hopes that his relations with the government of the United States could improve if Trump becomes President as it would take sometimes to begin to learn.

The South Sudanese president also fears success of Hillary Clinton would not change the perception of the Democratic administration about performance of the government of South Sudan and relations could deteriorate further.

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  • 21 March 2016 23:19, by Force 1

    So; the call for Trump mean what? Will that call automatically make Trump the US president?! Pinheads really had nothing to do!

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    • 21 March 2016 23:23, by Force 1

      The hatred against Kiir will take you nowhere! You will still be beggars in foreign countries; yeah and that make you better than president Kiir!

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    • 22 March 2016 06:25, by Akuma

      It sound fantasy really “Last night, I received a call from Africa, the President of the world’s newest nation… Many of you might not know this country… honestly; I had to look it up myself….. But, President of South Sudan Salva Kiir has reached out to me to help that new nation that we [America] helped create. He pledged his full support for my candidacy. And I told him when I become President of

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      • 22 March 2016 06:27, by Akuma

        And I told him when I become President of the USA, and if he is still President of that country, then we shall have a lot to talk about,” Trump purportedly told his supporters in one of his campaign rallies in the United States. So I am not alone in supporting President Trump

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        • 23 March 2016 14:09, by Mr Point

          TWO MINUTES!
          Two whole minutes.

          The world’s newest country - I had to look it up....

          What does that tell you?

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      • 22 March 2016 13:13, by Hardlinner

        kiir should know who he is calling. the guy is idiot. how could any American candidate not know south Sudan. no wonder why Trump said he got a call from Africa. may he is one of those idiots who thinks Africa is one country. Good luck kiir. i don’t think he will win.

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  • 21 March 2016 23:25, by Bentiu Sudan

    Kiir,

    Don’t you feel embarrass thanking and calling candidates from democracy government who run to be future leaders of their countries? How do you expect to work with democracy government while you do not want democracy to take place in your country? No matter how many times you call Trump, your ass will be out of power when Trump becomes president of USA.

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  • 21 March 2016 23:45, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    This is lack of proper diplomatic judgement. A person should not start to celebrate before the game is over. What about if the other candidate wins the election? Americans stood with the population of South Sudan because they wanted the rule of law, liberal democracy, security of the people to be cemented in the country. Where are those components of good quality of life under JCE? Hell is Kiir.

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  • 22 March 2016 00:02, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Sorry to tell you this, but I believe Donald trump will not win the presidency. Hillary Clinton will win the presidency base on my evaluation of the candidates. Thus, don’t focus your attention on one candidate for now unless you know for sure.

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  • 22 March 2016 02:08, by Eyez

    This must be a joke, because to try and jump on Donald Trump’s band wagon with a hope to earn future favours, in case, that he is elected President of the United States is laughable and stupid.

    Republicans themselves are flabbergasted and disgusted at the idea of Mr. Trump being the torch bearer of their party, some even promised to vote for Hilary Clinton over him. This must tell you something.

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  • 22 March 2016 02:12, by dinkdong

    "The President of the world’s newest nation… Many of you might not know this country… honestly; I had to look it up myself."
    Trump’s usual talking? What does that tell you then? It tell me he doesn’t give a crap about South Sudan. He should have known South Sudan by now, but he chose not to due to the fact that he doesn’t care. So, don’t waste a sweat, he might be a different animal.

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  • 22 March 2016 05:22, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Kiir Mayardit, has no friends in all the western world and others countries in Africa through lack of foreign policy.
    Foreign policy always make sense to the poor nation like South Sudan Republic.

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    • 22 March 2016 06:16, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Ayiui,

      It is not only about diplomacy in this age of technology in which news get to places in seconds. Rule of law, non-corrupt, unbiased, freedom of speech, freedom of association and press in a liberal democratic environment carry substance. With state of insecurity, wanton plunder of state treasury and murder of innocent South Sudanese, GOSS can expect no genuine friendly countries.

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  • 22 March 2016 06:28, by Kenyang

    It should be good move had Salva Kiir and Donald Trump were acquainted friends or call was other way round. Still anyone would accept good gesture. Not long ago, Ugandan Museveni was congratulated for winning his last leg towards "President for life" by Riek Machar, impatience power hungry animal who brought current suffering in South Sudan on ground that Kiir is becoming dictator.

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    • 22 March 2016 06:53, by Malakal county Simon

      Kenyang

      You must be deaf who only see finger-pointing and have no clued who fake the coup and start ethnic targeting killings as a result of this sense-less war.

      Another point here; comparing Kiir called to Donald Trump with Dr Machar congratulating M7 for his election won, It’s make you dumb and there is no connections between the two!!!!!

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  • 22 March 2016 07:18, by hamil

    The President of the world’s newest nation… Many of you might not know this country… honestly; I had to look it up myself."

    If anyone is analytical he or she could sense the sarcasm in what Trump says he is dissing our country and most of you seem not to realize it. Mark my words this guy won’t become a US President we will likely see another Democtrat running the white house after Obama

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    • 22 March 2016 08:08, by Kenyang

      There are many Americans who think Africa is a country let alone telling there’s a country called South Sudan. You have little or nothing against the man.

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  • 22 March 2016 07:40, by Observer

    I wonder how President Kiir would react if he found out that the President of the USA called up a presidential candidate standing against him and then the conversation was published by the candidate.

    I imagine there would be hell to pay.!!

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    • 22 March 2016 09:01, by Kenyang

      Terrorist Brack Hussein Obama had been against Kiir admin and South Sudan on day one. While there, also image Obama admin recent proposed sanctions against South Sudan, should I say against Kiir. Obama and other naïve democrats in White House have been consistently pressuring IGAD with coined proposals including current peace which are clearly against South Sudan.

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