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The U.S. envoy to South Sudan on Wednesday urged the country’s leaders to prioritize formation of a transitional government of national unity slated for Feb. 15. 2020.

Tom Hushek, U.S. ambassador to South Sudan, said timely implementation of pending tasks requires political goodwill, leadership and release of adequate funding.


He urged parties to the revitalized peace agreement to maintain dialogue and solve contentious issues that include a decision on the number and boundaries of the states.

Hushek called on the leaders to establish and enforce realistic and well-defined timeframes to implement the peace agreement, including providing the public with regular updates in the remaining 65 days of the 100-day extension.

He said Washington is committed to partnering with regional blocs to facilitate the formation of an inclusive government in South Sudan.

The U.S. Department of State in November recalled the ambassador to South Sudan over Juba’s failure to form a transitional government.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar in November agreed to postpone formation of a new transitional government of national unity for more than three months after failure to solve contentious issues.

South Sudan descended into civil war in late 2013 and the conflict has created one of the fastest-growing refugee crises in the world. Enditem


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