The United States has recalled its ambassador to South Sudan for consultations following the failure of President Salva Kiir and his rival Riek Machar to form a unity government as agreed in a peace deal.
State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus revealed this in a statement on Monday.
Ambassador Thomas Hushek will return to Washington to “meet with senior U.S. government officials as part of the re-evaluation of the U.S. relationship with the Government of South Sudan given the latest developments,” the statement read.
Civil war broke out in 2013 when Kiir and Machar fell out. Thousands of people have been killed and at least four million people have been displaced since the crisis erupted. In August 2018, both men signed a power-sharing agreement was in a bid to bring the five-year civil war to an end.
The warring parties had agreed to form a unity government on November 12 but earlier in the month, President Kiir and Machar, his former deputy, agreed to postpone the formation of the joint government for 100 days.
The US is however frustrated by the failure of the two main protagonists to adhere to plans for a transitional government.