South Sudan–United States relations

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South Sudan–United States relations
Map indicating locations of South Sudan and USA

South Sudan

United States
Diplomatic mission
South Sudanese Embassy, Washington, D.C.United States Embassy, Juba

South Sudan–United States relations are the bilateral relations between the Republic of South Sudan and the United States of America.

Country comparison[edit]

South Sudan South Sudan United States United States
Population 12,230,730 324,720,000
Area 619,745 km2 (239,285 sq mi) 9,826,630 km2 (3,794,080 sq mi)
Population density 13/km2 (34/sq mi) 35/km2 (91/sq mi)
Capital Juba Washington, D.C.
Largest city Juba – 525,953 New York City – 8,594,000
Government Federal presidential constitutional republic Federal presidential constitutional republic
First leader Salva Kiir Mayardit George Washington
Current leader Salva Kiir Mayardit Donald Trump
Official languages English English (de facto, none at federal level)
GDP (nominal) US$3.194 billion ($246 per capita) US $18.552 trillion ($57,230 per capita)


The United States officially recognised South Sudan on 9 July 2011, the same day they declared independence.[1]

The United States Embassy in Juba, South Sudan, was first established on the same day[2] with the former consulate that had been opened in 2005 in Juba being upgraded to the status of an embassy.[3] The chief of mission was Chargé d'Affaires R. Barrie Walkley, pending the appointment of an ambassador to South Sudan.[4] On 19 October 2011, Susan D. Page was confirmed as the first United States ambassador to South Sudan.[5]

In 2012, President Obama found that the United States could provide military assistance and equipment to South Sudan.[6] This was soon followed by a team of five American officers to advise the South Sudanese military.[7] Obama named Donald E. Booth as his special envoy for Sudan and South Sudan on 28 August 2013.[8][9]

In December 2016, USA drafted a resolution, that failed to pass, which would have implemented an arms embargo and more sanctions, due to signs in South Sudan of possible genocide. UN alliterated this by warning South Sudan of possible genocide.[10] In 2017, the USA's UN ambassador, Nikki Haley, criticized South Sudan for creating a "man made" famine.[10]

Ranking U.S. Embassy staff[edit]


The U.S. Embassy in South Sudan is located in Juba.

South Sudan maintains a diplomatic mission in Washington, D.C.[11]


  1. ^ "Embassy News | Juba, South Sudan - Embassy of the United States". Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  2. ^ "Briefing on the New Republic of South Sudan". U.S. Department of State. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  3. ^ "About Us". Embassy of the United States, Juba, South Sudan. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Voter Registration Begins for Southern Sudan Referendum | DipNote". 2010-11-16. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  5. ^ Archived from the original on June 15, 2012. Retrieved December 24, 2011. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Obama, Barack Hussein. "Presidential Memorandum - Presidential Determination on the Eligibility of South Sudan to Receive Defense Articles and Defense Services." The White House, 6 January 2012.
  7. ^ Ramirez, Luis. "US Military to Help Build South Sudan." Voice of America, January 11, 2012.
  8. ^ "Statement by the President Announcing the Appointment of Ambassador Donald Booth as U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan". White House Office of the Press Secretary. 28 August 2013. Archived from the original on 1 September 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  9. ^ Madhani, Aamer (28 August 2013). "Obama names special envoy for South Sudan and Sudan". USA Today. Archived from the original on 1 September 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  10. ^ a b "U.S. slams South Sudan's Kiir over 'man-made' famine, urges truce". Reuters. 2017-04-25. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  11. ^ Wax, Emily (26 December 2011). "South Sudan's Entrance on World Stage Includes Setting Up Washington Embassy". The Washington Post. p. C1.