The Commander of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), General Carter F. Ham arrived in South Sudan capital of Juba purportedly for talks on security but analyses have descript it as a move by Americans army that could see a set-up military and counter-interligence base in south Sudan
South Sudan officially seceded from the rest of Sudan 2months a go and countries around the world since recognize it as the new nation.
North and South Sudan fought more than two decades of civil war that ultimately ended through a U.S. brokered peace deal which gave Southerners the right of self determination.
But daunting challenges are facing South Sudan, particularly the outbreak of several rebellions as well as tribal clashes.
In his meeting with Africom commander, President Salva Kiir commended the role being played by the US in facilitating peace and security to the people of South Sudan, according to a statement on the government’s website.
Kiir called for Washington’s help in building the military capacity of South Sudan.
Gen. Ham said in a press statement that the meeting discussed principle topics on military partnership between the two countries. He added the partnership would provide the armies in both states a framework for close collaboration in addressing the security concerns in the future.
The military official described the meeting with President Kiir as great and productive and disclosed that appropriate action resulting from the meeting will be taken soon. The Africom chief also presented to Kiir a symbol of military partnership between the in form of silver Jar.