US South Sudan Embassy moves to Nairobi
03 January 2014, 19:23
Nairobi - The United States Embassy in Nairobi will provide consular services for US citizens in South Sudan.
The decision made on Friday follows the US further drawing down staffing at its Embassy in Juba due to the deteriorating security situation in South Sudan.
Marie Harf, Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson confirmed the development in a statement from Washington.
“We are taking this step out of an abundance of caution to ensure the safety and security of our diplomatic personnel. As a result of this drawdown, the US Embassy in Juba will not be able to provide consular services to US citizens in South Sudan. The US Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya will provide consular services for US citizens in South Sudan until further notice. We continue to strongly recommend that US citizens in South Sudan depart immediately,” Harf said.
On Friday, the US announced an additional $49.8 million in assistance to help address the humanitarian crisis.
US Ambassador to South Sudan, Susan Page, remained in Juba where she was in constant communication with South Sudanese officials, and her foreign counterparts.
A US Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) based in Nairobi continues to lead US efforts to support humanitarian operations and meet the needs of the people of South Sudan.
“The people of South Sudan deserve a better future – a future that gives them the chance to realize the hopes and dreams they celebrated at independence, not one characterized by the violence, unrest, and instability we see today. As President Obama said, too much blood has been spilled and too many lives have been lost to allow South Sudan’s moment of hope and opportunity to slip from its grasp. Now is the time for South Sudan’s leaders to show courage and leadership, end the violence, ensure the protection and security of civilians, and reaffirm their commitment to building a more peaceful, unified, democratic state,” Harf said.
– CAJ News