US recalls ambassador from South Sudan after unity government failure
November 25 2019 07:16 PM
In this file photo taken on May 8, 2019 US Ambassador to South Sudan, Thomas Hushek, speaks at the U
In this file photo taken on May 8, 2019 US Ambassador to South Sudan, Thomas Hushek, speaks at the US embassy, in Juba, South Sudan. AFP

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The United States has recalled its ambassador from South Sudan after the leaders of formerly warring factions failed to agree on a unity government, the US State Department said on Monday.
Ambassador Thomas Hushek will return for consultations "as part of the re-evaluation of the US relationship with the Government of South Sudan given the latest developments," the department said in a statement.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted that Washington would "work with the region to support efforts to achieve peace and a successful political transition in South Sudan."
After a devastating five-year civil war, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar signed a peace deal in September 2018, under pressure from the United Nations, United States and regional governments.
On Nov. 7, they agreed to give themselves another 100 days beyond a Nov. 12 deadline to form the unity government, and Washington said it was "gravely disappointed".
The conflict began after Kiir sacked Machar as vice president. It killed an estimated 400,000 people, triggered a famine and created Africa's biggest refugee crisis since the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. 



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