The United States has urged South Sudan president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, and First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, to work hard to deliver peace to the war-ravaged nation.This comes after Kiir appointed Machar as first vice president in accordance with the revitalized peace agreement signed by the two men in September 2018.
Kiir who made the appointment on Friday sworn in Machar before regional leaders in the capital Juba on Saturday marking the beginning of a three-year transitional period. “South Sudan is a nation longing for peace, stability and a brighter future for its people. I welcome the decision by the government and opposition parties to form a new, transitional unity government,” US’s envoy to the United Nations Kelly Craft said in a statement on Saturday.
“This is the first in a series of critical steps that must be taken to bring dignity and peace to the people of South Sudan,” she added.
“The real work—the hardest work—begins now, and I urge President Salva Kiir, Dr. Riek Machar, and all of South Sudan’s leaders to show the courage and fortitude needed at this moment to translate hope into a better future for South Sudan.
“I am personally prepared to assist in these efforts, as is the government of the United States. Peace, security, and prosperity are within grasp, and now is the moment to reach.