USA and South Sudan

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The United States of America is one of the first countries to have officially recognized South Sudan soon after it gained its independence in July 2011.

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August 19, 2011: The ruling party in South Sudan, the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) congratulated Susan Page on her being selected as a candidate to become the US’s first ambassador to South Sudan. She is currently United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Affairs.
July 14, 2011: South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayrdit receives the official congratulatory letter from the President of the United States of America Barack Obama. The letter was delivered at Presidential Guest House by the USA Ambassador to South Sudan Mr. Barrie Walkly. The latter congratulated the people of South Sudan and also dealt with improving diplomatic relationships between the two countries and the establishment of USA Embassy in Juba. The USA Embessay in Juba was formally opened on July 9, 2011.

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