South Sudan FVP in “silence” odds with foreign ministry over sanctions

South Sudan’s FVP Taban Deng Gai (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

January 24th 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan’s First Vice President Taban Deng Gai is in odds with the ministry of foreign affairs over its silence on the recent sanctions imposed on him by the United States, several government sources said this afternoon.

Early this month, the United States government imposed financial sanctions on the South Sudanese deputy leader over his role in the ongoing human rights violations in the world’s youngest nation.

The Trump administration also charged him for divisive acts against the country’s opposition which the American government said prolonged the ongoing civil war.

Speaking to Nyamilepedia on Friday, a senior government official who requested not to be named said the First Vice President was not happy over the silence of the foreign ministry on the US sanctions saying he complained that there was no any statement on the issue by the foreign ministry stating the position of the government on the issue.

“The First Vice President is not happy about the silence of the ministry of foreign affairs on the recently imposed sanctions,” the foreign ministry official said.

“He complained that he should be given a fair treatment and wondered why the government “regretted,” in statement, recent sanctions on defense and cabinet ministers,” the official said.

Immediately after the US sanctions were imposed, the FVP had to issue his own statement after the government issued a statement on the issue.

The official further said the FVP refused to “take explanation why there was not any public statement on the issue. In fact the government wrote to the US embassy here in Juba who will be the one to reach the administration in Washington DC.”

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