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South Sudan’s Kiir congratulates Obama on "impressive victory"


November 7, 2012 (WASHINGTON) – South Sudan president Salva Kiir sent a congratulatory cable to his United States counterpart Barack Obama on his re-election for a second and last term yesterday calling it an "impressive victory".

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Barack Obama meets with the South Sudan president, Salva Kiir Mayardit. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

"On behalf of the people of the Republic of South Sudan and on my own behalf, I extend our congratulations on your impressive victory in the United States of America’s presidential election and on the vote of support you received from the citizens of your country. I sincerely wish you a good health, personal happiness and every success in taking on the new responsibilities and ensuring well-being, security in the World and in our region" Kiir said according to a copy of the letter obtained by Sudan Tribune.

South Sudan’s leader also expressed satisfaction with his country’s ties with the US asserting it is "built in the spirit of shared commitment to democratic stable, united and prosperous South Sudan".

"Our joint work to ensure regional stability and close people to people contacts will continue to promote mutual understanding and dialogue between the United States and South Sudan, while our common efforts will overcome all challenges," Kiir said in his letter.

"I strongly believe and hope that cooperation between United States and South Sudan under your leadership will be further developed and enhanced".

The Obama administration made its top priority to ensure the success of the referendum that took place in January 2011 by which South Sudanese were to decide on whether they want to establish their own country or remain with the north as one nation.

The result of the vote came almost unanimously in favor of secession and Khartoum swiftly recognized the new state when it officially came into existence on July 2011. The peaceful divorce between North and South Sudan was hailed as an accomplishment of the Obama administration which went as far as promising Khartoum the partial lifting of sanctions in return for allowing the partition to take place without issues.

But relations between Washington and Juba has been marked by silent tensions as the former watched with dissatisfaction what they saw as bad decisions by the new state.

The first time the leaders of the two countries met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly last year, Kiir was thirty minutes late according to a report that appeared on McClatchy Newspapers.

During the discussions Obama pressed Kiir on ending support for the Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) rebels fighting Khartoum in the border states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

Kiir denied backing the rebels, angering the White House, which had strong intelligence linking South Sudan’s army to the SPLM-N. Washington was concerned that the fighting could reignite the civil war which came to a halt in 2005.

Weeks later, during a follow-up phone call, Kiir again denied his military’s support for the rebels. The South Sudanese leader then followed up with a personal letter to Obama that a former US official familiar with its contents described as an "apology letter."

In that letter, Kiir wrote that he did know about his military’s support to the Sudanese rebels, but he could not admit that to Obama because his advisers were in the room and they did not know he was aware of that support. Kiir said he was working to lessen the support.

A former US official said the letter was received "incredibly poorly" by the White House. Things got worse when the US felt again it was lied to last April during an Obama-Kiir phone call following days of border clashes between South Sudan and Sudan.

In that call, Kiir told Obama that South Sudan would not send forces north to seize Heglig, a Sudanese-controlled oilfield. Eight days later, South Sudanese forces overran the area and held it for 10 days amid international condemnation.

This among other reasons explains why some South Sudanese officials have privately expressed hope that the US Republican challenger Mitt Romney would beat Obama.

Juba felt betrayed over what it perceived as bias in favor of Khartoum particularly during the sensitive oil negotiations that were aimed at restoring oil exports through Sudan. Because of a dispute on transit fees, Khartoum started seizing part of the oil to make up for uncollected duties. Juba retaliated by suspending suspended oil production altogether.

South Sudan chief negotiator Pagan Amum singled out the US and UK for being critical of Juba regarding its oil shutdown decision.

"They never talked about it though they knew it was wrong. Sudanese government was practically stealing our oil but they continued to keep quiet....[rather than] asking Khartoum to pay back what it stole” Amum told reporters last August.

The US has also been pressing South Sudan both privately and publicly on issues of transparency, human rights, corruption and good governance.


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  • 8 November 2012 08:18, by Mi diit

    And I hope Obama will also congratulate Kiir in return in 2015 elections. Lol.

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    • 8 November 2012 08:20, by Mi diit

      Can Kiir learn from the "impressive victory" of Obama, or will the business remain as ugly as usual in South Sudan’s upcoming elections?

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      • 8 November 2012 08:29, by Michael Angelo

        Mi diit,
        You Nuer are dying to see Riak Machar take over which is impossible. South Sudan will turn Somalization if Riak take over.

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        • 8 November 2012 09:25, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          aha nyagat fake Dr wicked Riek pout Nyuon will wait just like a donkey who is still waiting her salaries form human being, we will be upside down to think of Former Bashir hands man to rules us, and it will be after our dead bodies, everyone know that, God in heaven know it too, Cruelty is stile contagious in uncivilized Nuer tribe,. Forget about nyagat puot Nyuon and dream about others guys, Nuer

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          • 8 November 2012 09:27, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

            themselves rejected him. Just because we accommodated him in Juba doesn’t make him to succeed anybody.

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            • 8 November 2012 09:38, by Ruach

              Mr Mangoor:We have not rejected him and will never based on your blind claims.

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              • 8 November 2012 09:49, by abraham

                Listen! This guy calling himself ’Dinka Dominated SPLM’ is not Mangoor. Simple facts; Mangoor is an excellent writer while ’Dinka Dominated his Ass" is semi-illiterate and a habitual acoholic abuser from Kiir hometown.

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                • 8 November 2012 10:16, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

                  I’m not going to response to your poor comment, however you are right about the name called mangoor because I don’t even know what does it mean, talking about education mr Abraham, you plus your Nuer thugs will be my bitches,
                  Talking about alcohol abuser, I never drink nor do anyone in my family drink apart from Kiir himself, who used it for social living,

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                  • 10 November 2012 00:59, by panom lualbil

                    DINKA DOMINATED SPLA/M?
                    Know what? Nothing said by NUERS here would bother me, becos I’m the proud member of SPLA and I come from valued community and afterall, I was never been used by Jalabs until secession from North sudan. So who are nuers to tell me shit? They are just stooges of Jallabs whom we miss and wait becos they are stupid to the fact.

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          • 8 November 2012 12:35, by Diversity

            Where is the school for tribalism? Can you tell me,please,
            Otherwise I would concur with the school of thought that calls
            it an illiteracy of the Highest level.

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            • 8 November 2012 13:05, by Diversity

              The title is "South Sudan’s Kiir congratulates Obama on "impressive victory" and Dinka Kiir-just check it

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          • 9 November 2012 00:14, by Gathoth Gai

            Dinka Bull shit,your hatred toward Dr,Machar is out of control.Therefore,now you calling him nyagat or fake while if you compare him with your alcoholic uncle there is no way for Kiir to compete with him I know this is onething that makes you all Dinka ass jealous.Beside,your alcoholic does not even has sense of humour to rule the Country but South Sudanese are respectful who think about the past

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        • 8 November 2012 09:31, by Ruach

          Michael Angelo: If that is your belief that it will turn Somalization,yes it will! You are born greedy in nature and it must be changed through "bloods and Iron"(German must be ruled through blood and Iron according to Bismark).We lost our CO2 through your unthinkable heads! You can not rule with dead heads!

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        • 8 November 2012 13:39, by galuak

          you guy are very stupid indeed we are not talking about dinka and nuer.i,m talking about kiir regime no chance for them again to win the 2015.what you should no south sudan is not made up of dinka and nuer,there many tribes any can come up to contest for the presidency.my vote willl go to anyone who will take south forward not take them backward.before we are not country now we are.

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        • 8 November 2012 14:02, by galuak

          micheal angelo you dog without tail man,the guy article isnt talking about nuer go re-read what mi diit wring no riek there or nuer.

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      • 8 November 2012 10:17, by Paul Chadrack

        It is not south sudanese that don’t like Obama re-election but Kiir and his supporters.because they know that president Obama will turn south sudan into a democratic free from corruption country. if the above two are implemented Kiir is going to loose power. some of his supporters are now looking for the ways how to avoid 2015 elections to occur, which is impossible.

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        • 8 November 2012 11:11, by australian

          Paul: if Obama has his way South Sudan will become an Islamic state. He is helping the Islamic world become more strong and aggressive. Even our Australian government is doing the same. God help us.

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      • 9 November 2012 00:30, by Gathoth Gai

        He just know how to divide the people of the Republic of South Sudan as they were right n.Once again,your brother Kiir Garang is unthinkable person who’s not able brought a fruiteful ideas to unite the people of South Sudan he just think about Dinka suckers shame on him.in contrast,because is unable to think or behave in an intellent way he will wage war in 2015.But Lol,this is a big challenge.

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        • 9 November 2012 00:42, by Gathoth Gai

          For you Dinka and that might be the first and the end of Dinka World believed or not because all the people of South Sudan are tired of you but fear not when that day arrive.I know easy to airup everything on the web, but confrontation is not easy because big mouth are not good fighters death to you son of ass devil...

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    • 8 November 2012 11:35, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      With regret to have again democrat in power,which means the remaining outstanding issues between Sudan and South sudan with remain unsolved.

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    • 8 November 2012 13:27, by galuak

      there is no
      re-election to this regime of kiir it done..

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    • 8 November 2012 14:35, by South Dengjok

      Dear Me
      Shame on u to say that,I hope u mi diit, u got even no wee analyse,Notice,Kiir is not like Dr Riek Machar who know all the cornerstone of leadership and that may let a person to resume the power like Oboma,Kiir is just the symbol leader waiting 4 2015 to surrender and to leave the leadership without even attempt to be re elected again,be wise analyst and open ur eye blink man.

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  • 8 November 2012 09:21, by James Okuk Solomon

    Instead of booming South Sudan is dooming becuase of misrule.

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    • 8 November 2012 10:04, by LL Reuben

      James Okuk Solomon,
      South Sudan is dooming because folks like yourself have mispreception about leadership. You people think leadership requires someone with a doctorate which is pretty absurd. It will boom when sham PhD holders like yourself abandon that misperception, come back to reality and preach peace and harmony among the communities, then the insanity that every mess Kiir created..

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      • 8 November 2012 10:09, by LL Reuben

        is a making of all Dinkas. Lam Akol, youself and your cowards in SSDM-F malitia need to come clean if you want this nation to start off past toward stability. Otherwise if not the current government will have to waste time figghting your demons and the progress of the country will be on hold untill your demons are eradicated.

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  • 8 November 2012 09:57, by Akol A. Akol

    we citizens of S. Sudan we would like our preisdent to be in touch with his citizens, so next comeing re.election 2015.we will vote for him as we can.So our president also will received congratulation from US. president Barack Obama,next re.election 2015

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    • 8 November 2012 14:10, by Wiyual

      Akol Akol,
      That what in not going to happen in 2015. We will elect a very competent President. We have enough of Kiir and Riek regime.
      We find that person even if from Nyam-Nyam.

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    • 8 November 2012 15:20, by Ajiej

      Hi Akol,
      Do you think that if you like Kiir ’s administration then is like by every body? Secondly, do you think that Kiir and his vice Riak were the only leaders in the South Sudan?
      However, the way kiir and his vice do things in South Sudan will give them another chance to lead who since there is no improvement in the South Sudan economic.

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  • 8 November 2012 11:48, by 4Justice

    The muslims and the New Age Luciferians are working together to usher in the Antichrist kingdom.

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  • 8 November 2012 14:06, by Man without fear

    Congratulation, President Of South Sudan You ill be re-elected
    in 2015 election, those nyigateen we don’t want them. They ill go to hell before 2015,

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    • 8 November 2012 23:51, by Gathoth Gai

      To mr with no tears
      I think your comment here are baseless with no where in this forum.To assure you son of bitch,now you call yourself man with no tears and in later time you will be a woman with tears in her ass.Thus, you Dinkas are confused people in South Sudan.Therefore, you guys stil calling mighty Nuer nyagateen while your Dinka regime is almost.Warning.

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  • 8 November 2012 23:53, by Northern Sudanese

    yea, too bad obama doesn’t give a shit about south sudan or kiir :D

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    • 9 November 2012 00:54, by Gathoth Gai

      Hey North Evil,do you think President Barack Obama,give a shit about North Sudan"just wait he gonna get ride of Omar Ba-shit this time don’t celebrate it that much dude and Shurt off your big ass.....

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  • 9 November 2012 07:09, by Mayar

    Who do you think will make a good president in Southern Sudan in 2015? I think most of the top leaders are already mentally corrupted, you fix that. They are totally worthless at this moment. It will be good enough if somebody from bottom, not supper famous but little famouse with vast of experience for our struggle. it could be a teacher, prefessor or even a captain in military, but not general

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    • 9 November 2012 20:04, by Gathoth Gai

      Yeah mayar,you are absolutely right on your point of view.But,there’s onething that we h’ve to understand as South Sudanese."Leaders are not born to leads but they work on it to be the leaders.Therefore,there’ no such thing called famous on this planet to be leader its started from your own house and farther on to lead your people.Beside,to avoid corruption it honesty.

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      • 9 November 2012 20:25, by Gathoth Gai

        All in all,I cannot blaim those dude who are leading our Country right now because they start their leadership from poorer therefore,from President to all the way Generals.An then, they get a chance to grap themselves some to pay back their duty.Nevertheless,the worth part’s they foreget who they have been fightinging for during the liberation day.

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