JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
South Sudan has recalled its ambassador to
the United States, a day after the American government imposed
an arms embargo on the East African nation, presidential
spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said on Saturday.
Ateny, said Garang
Diing Akuong has been recalled for further consultations without
giving details. The South Sudanese envoy was deployed to
Washington in May 2015.
“This is routine for
any country to recall its ambassador for further consultations.
It may not be related to the arms embargo,” Ateny told Xinhua by
administration on Friday announced arms embargo on South Sudan
and urged the UN Security Council to enforce a global arms ban
on the world’s youngest nation.
The U.S. also called
on the African Union (AU) and the East African regional bloc,
Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to consider
sanctions measures against those who undermine the peace
South Sudan has been
embroiled in four years of conflict that has taken a devastating
toll on the people, creating one of the fastest growing refugee
crises in the world.
A peace deal signed
in August 2015 between the rival leaders under UN pressure led
to the establishment of a transitional unity government in April
2016, but was shattered by renewed fighting in July 2016.