SOUTH SUDAN PROTESTS NEW US SANCTIONS

JUBA, South Sudan, The South Sudan government has protested against the latest sanctions from the United States and its termination of financial support.

Speaking to reporters on Monday here, its foreign ministry spokesman Mawien Makol said the move by Washington was unjustifiable and a threat to the diplomatic relations between the two states.

Makol said the move undermined the implementation of the recent peace agreement in which the US was a witness.

"It comes in the wake of the peace deal. The US should provide support in pursuit of holdout groups to join peace, Makol said.

He added the country was ready to hold dialogue with the United States and urged for a positive engagement with Juba.

Last Friday, the US Treasury slapped sanctions on an ex-Israel military officer and two South Sudanese nationals, Obac William Olawo and Gregory Vasili, accusing them of fuelling conflict in the world's youngest nation.

The Treasury also reaffirmed an earlier position by national security advisor John Bolton, that no financial assistance would be henceforth extended to South Sudan "unless its morally bankrupt leaders end their internal fighting".

Source: NAM News Network

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