South Sudan has recalled its ambassador to US as dispute between Juba and Washington escalates over an arms embargo on the world’s youngest state.
President Salva Kiir’s Press Secretary Ateny Wek Ateny told the Africareview on phone that Juba had recalled Mr Garang Diing Akuong for consultations, especially in response to Washington’s arms restrictions to South Sudan.
The South Sudan Foreign ministry also confirmed the matter, saying the young nation was looking for ways to overcome the situation and avoid actions which could spoil the Washington-Juba relations.
South Sudan and the US have been embroil in a diplomatic row this year after Washington pressured the UN Security Council to impose an all-out sanctions against Juba over its failure to end the war and the suffering of the people.
The US on Friday announced the ban of arms sale to South Sudan, saying the continuing violence, which has created one of Africa’s worst humanitarian crises, showed no signs of ending.
It also says both the government and rebels were heavily spending on military than on peace and development.
“The government and armed opposition, despite signing the December 21 Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities and ongoing efforts by the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (Igad) to advance peace and despite the suffering of their own people, have continued the use of military force to seek political advantage,” the US Department of State said in a statement posted on its official website.