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South Sudan ambassador to U.S. returns to Juba


February 9, 2018 (JUBA)- South Sudan’s ambassador to the United States has returned to the country after recall from Washington, sparking debate in the public about what would be next in the midst of diplomatic tension.

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South Sudan’s Ambassador to the United States, Garang Diing Akuong (Photo S. Sudan embassy)

Ambassador Garang Diing Akuong told Sudan Tribune on Friday that he returned for consultation with the leadership of the country, following what, Juba will determine either he stays or return to his place of assignment.

Akuong further said relations with the United States were cordial, stressing that issues which come up here and there would be addressed by the leadership through the diplomatic channel.

“There should be no panic. My recall should not raise an alarm. A recall of an ambassador is a normal thing in diplomacy. It does not mean relations between the countries have deteriorated. No, our relations with the United States are historical and continue to increase day by day," Akuong said.

"The issues which come up here and there should not cause an alarm. They will be addressed by the leadership of the two countries and this is why I came for consultation with the leadership, including his Excellency, the President of the Republic of South Sudan, General Salva Kiir Mayardit, who, by the way, if our people do not know, is the chief diplomat by the virtue of being the President of a sovereign country,” he stressed.

In diplomacy, a recall of an ambassador is considered as a protest against a decision or a declaration by the country to which he is accredited.

Following, Washington decision to impose weapons embargo on South Sudan on 2 February, the country’s First Vice President Taban Deng Gai said the United States was not a partner.

He said his country would partner with the Chinese and Russia in development, pointing to Chinese and Russia investment in oil refinery and production as well as the construction of roads and bridges.


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  • 9 February 2018 22:23, by Kush Natives

    Well done Mr. Ambassador! Let’s keep it straight, another sovereignty is an another sovereignty. We don’t want anyone else to mess with us around!

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    • 10 February 2018 02:25, by Khent


      "Sovereignty"? What on earth are you on about? A ’country’ incapable of feeding itself cannot even begin to speak of "sovereignty". This is all the more damning when you list all the other ghastly facts of this tragedy; almost 3 million of our people have fled the country; the war has consumed at least 50, 000 lives...

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      • 10 February 2018 02:40, by Khent

        ..And the bulk of these poor souls were victims of illegitimate, corrupt, criminal, ethnic-cleansing, mass-murdering terrorists, masquarading as a ’government’. I’m sad to say that even Daesh [ISIS] was a superior government; it actually delivered services in Mosul and Raqqa. A ’country’ that can’t feed itself, can’t defend itself and ensure its territorial integrity... is not a country.

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        • 10 February 2018 04:39, by Khent

          Every [disaster-inducing] decision taken by Salva Kiir really does seem as though it’s been tailor-made to weaken, divide and impoverish the ’country’; it’s almost as if he’s in possession of a book titled ’How to completely destroy a Nation’. This decision is profoundly stupid — even by Juba’s standards. It’s yet another incredibly short-sighted decision; a decision informed by childish emotion.

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          • 10 February 2018 07:42, by Eastern


            You summed it all: a decision informed by childish emotion....Thank you.

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            • 10 February 2018 08:48, by South South

              All these problems we have in South Sudan will not go away unless we have peace. We can write books and long stories here in this internet, but in the end peace will address any problem we have in our country. Development and services to people are one side of coin and war is another side of coin. Both don’t go together.

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              • 10 February 2018 08:55, by Eastern

                South South,

                What peace are you talking about when the regime in Juba is so intransigent and wants to maintain the status quo? Kiir sent his emissaries to Adidis Ababa just to defend the maintenance of the status quo hence no peace!

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                • 10 February 2018 13:26, by South South

                  Peace is good for all, let’s support peace. Nothing wrong until now from our government side. Everyone in South Sudan want peace.

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        • 11 February 2018 02:10, by Koryom2

          "---And the bulk of these poor souls were victims of illegitimate, corrupt, criminal, ethnic-cleansing, mass-murdering terrorists, masquarading as a ’government" Are you out of your damn mind chap? Ethnic cleansing what people? Where is your damn legitimate government idiot?, mass-murdering terrorists?>>>

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          • 11 February 2018 02:17, by Koryom2

            Khent, you are just another so-called Twic East coward cowering in thousands of miles away & spewing nonsense that no one with brain would dare take your nonsense seriously. The current government is legitimate government until your traitors like Rebecca Nyandeng, Majak Agoot, Pagan Amuom, Riek Machar, Lam Akol & Co. are brought & put into power by their masters from US, the UK, their UN, NGOs>>>>

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            • 11 February 2018 02:22, by Koryom2

              & some of their lackeys in our own region like ethiopia that are being hedged as spring boards & conduits to destabilize our country in exchange for foreign aids. But as far as we are concerned. A lot of bloody noses. The current government of South Sudan has been calling you foreign sellouts to stop your damn aimless armed rebellion & come to South Sudan>>>>

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              • 11 February 2018 02:28, by Koryom2

                for national dialogue. But all you traitors are doing is to always cry foul of lack food & corruption & warmongering of the current government when the opposite is glaringly obvious. Traitors like Rebecca Nyandeng, Pagan Amuom, Riek Machar, Majak Agoot & Co. staged a coup & they are without shame want to sell our country to their masters in the US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs>>>

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                • 11 February 2018 02:35, by Koryom2

                  simply because they want to rule our country at all costs with their inflated egos beyond their ars*s. Fools like Rebecca, Nyandeng, her ugly son, Pagan Amuom, Uyai Deng Ajak & Majak Agoot are badly scampering to have their perks & privileges that they used to enjoy under Dr. Garang. And they want to have them back at all costs even if they can sell out country to foreign interests>>>

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                  • 11 February 2018 02:45, by Koryom2

                    But the traitors are playing with fire though. Had it not because of cowardly of Salva Kiir. Traitors like Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Majak Agoot, Thomas Cirillo & Deng Alor would not have allowed to loiter in foreign countries selling our country to their foreign masters. A traitor like Rebecca Nyadeng with ugly son would been rounded up, put in jail & threw the damn jail keys away to taste>>>>

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                    • 11 February 2018 02:53, by Koryom2

                      the bitter pills their Dr. Garang used to unleash unto other South Sudanese who were considered traitors during our genuine war of independence. But hey Mr. Khent, you keep blaming the current government of treason of South Sudanese people’s cause. But you always fail to condemn the biggest thieves, trairors & incompetent like Rebbeca Nyandeng, Pagan Amuom, Uyai Deng Ajak, Majak Agoot>>>

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                      • 11 February 2018 03:00, by Koryom2

                        Kosti Manibe, Lam Akol & Thomas Cirrilo? Well, I have known your position as to why to fail to condemn these traitors, incompetents & thieves---most of them are your family thieves, traitors & incompetents as far as I am concerned. These are the same thieves, incompetents & traitors that many of you idiots want to be brought back to rule us again & to continue loot our country again>>>>

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                        • 11 February 2018 03:09, by Koryom2

                          simply because they are not Salva Kiir & his current mob in the current government. Good luck fellows, we are going to see where your traitors like Rebecca Nyandeng, Majak Agoot, Pagan Amuom, Riek Machar, Uyai Deng Ajak & Lam Akol would come & rule in South Sudan. Running around in foreign countries selling our country to foreign interest is one thing, but coming to South Sudan>>>>

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                          • 11 February 2018 03:17, by Koryom2

                            to actually come & implement their foreign project is going to be different case all together. Mr. Khent, did you mean the current government of South Sudan would distribute money to these lazy Nuers & some Equatorians being held hostage by the US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs in these so-called UN POCs as blackmails & bargaining chips against current government? In Juba, here Bor, Malakal>>>>

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                            • 11 February 2018 03:25, by Koryom2

                              Akoba, Bentiu or Wau? That ISIS was even feeding the civilians in Raqqa or Mosul & hence might be better than the current government of South Sudan? Here we go! this coming from *a typical so-called Twic East coward* Your ISIS/L was armed by your corrupt America, the UK, France, israel & feed by their gulf Arab states lackeys if you fool don’t know the intrigue behind the symbiotic between>>>>

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  • 10 February 2018 01:32, by lino

    Good luck!!! Show us if there is really a diplomacy in Juba!!!

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  • 10 February 2018 01:45, by dinkdong

    Stup!d Garang Diing Akuong with his eyebrows chapped like a cancer patient. Let him get his ass to Juba. He is a fool.

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