President Obama, Booth, Page Meet Over South Sudan Crisis

This article was last updated on May 26, 2022

“On Friday, I joined Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Amb. Donald Booth and U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan Susan Page in their meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office,” Ambassador Susan Rice, the National Security Advisor posted on the official White House blog.

“It was a chance for him to thank them for their extraordinary service and many contributions as the United States continues to devote every effort to helping achieve lasting peace in South Sudan. It was also a chance to discuss next steps in resolving the crisis.”

Rice says the United States strongly supports full implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed last Thursday in Addis Ababa, the immediate release of the 11 detainees and the establishment of a political process that leads to a durable solution.

Obama thanked Booth for his energetic support to the mediation led by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.   He also thanked Ambassador Page for her leadership and the invaluable work of US Embassy Juba. 

“The President underscored as well our strong support for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the importance of ensuring that it can carry out its mandate to protect civilians and support efforts to ensure accountability for atrocities and safe delivery of humanitarian assistance throughout South Sudan,” said Rice.

“The United States remains deeply committed to the people of South Sudan and fully supportive of their aspirations for a more peaceful and prosperous future for their young country.”

The US government has been a strong ally of the South Sudanese people right from the liberation struggle. Even after independence 2011, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the US remains one of the largest donors to the new nation for both development and humanitarian assistance. 

The paving (tarmac) of the Nimule-Juba road is one such expensive project sponsored by USAID.

Nevertheless, the current political crisis threatens stability and development of the country.

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