Breaking: US extends National Emergency for South Sudan for one year

US President Donald J. Trump /Photo: File

April 1, 2020 (Thessherald)–The White House has issued Text of a Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to South Sudan, according to a statement issued by US President Donald J. Trump today .

“On April 3, 2014, by Executive Order 13664, the President declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the situation in and in relation to South Sudan, which has been marked by activities that threaten the peace, security, or stability of South Sudan and the surrounding region, including widespread violence and atrocities, human rights abuses, recruitment and use of child soldiers, attacks on peacekeepers, and obstruction of humanitarian operations,” the statement said.

The White House stated that the ongoing situation in South Sudan remains worrying and poses significant threats to the United States national security.

“The situation in and in relation to South Sudan continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. For this reason, the national emergency declared on April 3, 2014, to deal with that threat must continue in effect beyond April 3, 2020.”

President Trump declared that the extension of the National Emergency for South Sudan will continue for one more year, as the situation remains unpredictable.

“Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13664.”

Breaking: Top US official tests positive for COVID-19

(Thessherald)–The United States Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced on Twitter on Sunday, adding that he is in quarantine and feels “fine”.

The statement specified that Paul showed no syptoms of falling ill, adding that he was was tested out “of caution due to his extensive travel and events”.

The senator intends to continue his work “for the people of Kentucky at this difficult time” once the quarantine period is over, according to the statement.

The news broke as the US Senate is debating a multi-trillion-dollar aid package to help the US economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rand Paul has become the first US senator to be infected with the virus. It was earlier reported that two House representatives, Mario Diaz Balart of Florida and Ben McAdams of Utah, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
So far, Johns Hopkins University has confirmed 25,490 COVID-19 cases in the US, reporting 300 deaths and 171 recoveries.

Globally, some 318,200 people have been infected with the virus with more than 13,000 dying. Over 94,700 people, mostly from China have recovered.

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Troika welcomes appointment of the cabinet, urges leaders to stem corruption

Official Emblem of the United States (Photo: US)

(Thessherald)–The Troika countries – the United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway – on Thursday jointly welcomed the appointment of ministers, and urged leaders to fight corruption.

“The Troika welcomes the formation of the Executive of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity, with all ministerial portfolios now allocated between the parties to the agreement.”

The Troika called on the leaders to ensure that 35 percent of ministerial positions are allocated to women as stipulated in the agreement.

“We welcome the appointment of women as key Cabinet ministers while encouraging the government to take all necessary measures to allocate at least 35 percent of positions in the Executive to women as outlined in the peace agreement. Expectations from the people of South Sudan are high, and the way forward fraught with challenges.”

“To succeed, the unity government and other stakeholders can work together to ensure their deeds and words inspire collaboration and trust. Leadership working together, genuinely united, can put their country firmly on the path towards peace and prosperity. They face an early and unprecedented challenge presented by the COVID-19 global pandemic, which will require a quick and decisive response, in coordination with international partners.”

The three countries reaffirmed their commitment to work around the clock with the government of South Sudan in developing strategic plans.

“The Troika looks forward to working in close partnership with a genuinely united government as it establishes its priorities and starts to develop plans to deliver the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan in full.”

By doing so, the Troika said the unity government must tackle the country’s ongoing corruption.

“This will require a sustained focus on building unified security forces, ensuring transparency and ending corruption, establishing political space and democratic institutions, respecting human rights, and implementing transitional justice mechanisms.”

“To this end, we welcome the renewal of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS); it will have a key role to play in this critical phase. The people of South Sudan have waited a long time for peace to come and to have a government that puts their needs first; the country’s political leaders owe it to them to ensure that their wait has not been in vain.”

U. S. Inaugurates 78 Kilometers of Rehabilitated Feeder Roads in W. Equatoria

Troika countries issue a press release, calling for full implementation of R-ARCSS | Photo: USA Embassy in S. Sudan

Press Release: U.S. Embassy Juba, South Sudan

(Thessherald)–Nzara, South Sudan – Today the U.S. Government marked the completed rehabilitation of 78 kilometers of roads in Western Equatoria, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The Gangura-Rimenze and Nzara-Basukangbi feeder roads connect South Sudan to the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which will boost cross-border trade. These roads connect local farmers in rural areas to markets in urban areas, such as Yambio and Nzara. The rehabilitation of these roads will facilitate the movement of people and services, benefiting an estimated 100,000 people who rely largely on road transport.

“As we inaugurate these rehabilitated roads today—marking a new era for the people who live in Western Equatoria State—I want to tell you that on behalf of the American people, we stand with you in hope and partnership, looking forward to a bright and prosperous future for South Sudan,” said U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan Tom Hushek.

Since 2011, the U.S. Government has funded the rehabilitation of 340 kilometers of feeder roads in Western Equatoria. Western Equatoria has the potential to be the breadbasket of South Sudan in peacetime with opportunities for export of agricultural products.

To highlight the importance of agriculture as the mainstay of the people of Western Equatoria, local farmers supported through a partnership between USAID and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) showcased their products to representatives of the U.S. Government, United Nations, and journalists attending the event.

The USAID-FAO project is helping communities recover from the devastating effects of conflict and displacement by rebuilding and diversifying sustainable livelihoods, so that South Sudanese can again support their families through farming, fishing, beekeeping, and other trades.

Sudan, US-based Visa Inc enter into agreement for the first time

(Thessherald)–For the first time in decades, the Sudanese government and a Washington-based technology company, Visa Inc have entered into an agreement that will see the United States provide an electronic payment system in Sudan.

“We are working closely with select financial institutions in Sudan to progress the introduction of Visa payment solutions in the country,” said the company in a statement.

The step taken by the two countries is seen as a milestone toward rebuilding shaky diplomatic relations between the United States and Sudan.

“Visa is pleased to be building new partnerships that will bring the benefit of Visa’s world-class payment technology to help support financial inclusion and economic growth in Sudan” said the world’s largest payments technology company.

US urged to lift sanctions on Sudan

Authorities in Sudan have been pleading with the Trump administration to remove Sudan from its list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, noting such long-term sanctions have caused so much suffering to the Sudanese people as international companies are not allowed to do business in Sudan. .

Compensation demanded for a 1998-attack allegedly sponsored by Al-Bashiir’s former regime.

Scene after the Al Qaeda bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, which killed 213 people (August 7, 1998) (Photo: Not Known)

Last month, American victims filed a lawsuit from the US Supreme Court, demanding a huge sum of money of about $ 4.3 billion, in compensation for the heavy losses incurred during the terrorist attacks.

Resolution of the case is a key requirement for Sudan’s removal from the U.S. list of State Sponsors of Terrorism and part of its efforts to rejoin the international community following a grass-roots revolution in the country.

The petition was backed by the United States authorities. “This is important because it sends a strong signal to the people that the U.S. government hires all over the world – the staff of embassies – that your families are going to be protected if you’re killed or injured in service to the United States,” said Steven Perles, co-counsel for the plaintiff and one of the foremost litigators in holding foreign governments accountable for sponsoring terrorism.

Troika Press Statement on the formation of unity government

(Thessherald)-The following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and the Kingdom of Norway.

The Troika congratulates the people of South Sudan and the parties to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) on the announcement of the formation of an inclusive transitional government on February 22.

We welcome the fact that the government and opposition parties have made the necessary compromises to allow this important step.
For the transitional period to be a success, a spirit of continuous collaboration, supported by the active, engaged, and free voices of citizens and civil society, must continue.

Nearly nine years since South Sudan’s independence, this is an opportunity for the political leadership to take their country forward towards prosperity and peace by making meaningful progress on security sector arrangements, the reform agenda, transitional justice and accountability, and preparations for credible and safe elections.

The Troika commends the work of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) as a guarantor of the R-ARCSS.
We are committed to working with the new transitional government, IGAD, and other regional and international partners to support the people of South Sudan in their pursuit of peace and stability.

US congratulates parties for amicably resolving outstanding issues

(Thessherald)-The United States has sent a congratulatory message and commended the South Sudanese parties for reaching an agreement on the issue of the number and boundaries of states, an outstanding task that has hindered the formation of the unity government.

“Congratulations to all parties concerned for finding the common ground necessary to announce the formation of a Transitional Government.”

The US stressed that although there are pending issues ahead, the recent compromise on the states’ issue is important and that it will open the doors to peace, reconciliation and unity.

“While much work remains to be done, this is an important milestone in the path to peace and development for the people of South Sudan.”

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit issued a presidential decree Friday evening appointing exiled opposition leader Riek Machar, a major step towards ending the conflict in the country.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir issued a presidential decree Friday evening appointing exiled opposition leader Riek Machar, a major step towards ending the conflict in the country.

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