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South Sudan National Day – United States Department of State

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of South Sudan as they celebrate their independence. 

In 2011, South Sudan emerged as the world’s newest nation, amidst joy and high expectations from its people that its leaders would work to establish a democratic, just, and peaceful society.

The United States calls on South Sudan’s leaders to take the steps necessary to meet these expectations and to guarantee their people a future of peace and the ability to choose their leaders through genuine and peaceful elections. We urge the transitional government to start using public financial resources transparently for the good of all the people of South Sudan. We also call on the transitional government to create an environment that is conducive for the effective provision of international donor assistance, including by reducing the costs and risks faced by those trying to help the South Sudanese people.

The United States’ relationship with South Sudan began decades before its independence and is based on values, including belief that the South Sudanese people deserve democracy, human rights, and a government that is responsive to their needs. We will always stand with those who work to advance these values so that all South Sudanese can live in peace and with dignity.

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