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Aid convoys can enter South Sudan, Kiir orders

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President Salva Kiir: orders full access of aid convoys in South Sudan

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has ordered that humanitarian aid convoys be allowed to move freely, unhindered and unimpeded around the country.

The policy change came two weeks after the United States said it had lost trust in his government and threatened to pull support.

The Nov. 9 order, directs that all roadblocks should be removed, all levels of government must assist aid groups, and anyone who obstructs aid or imposes taxes on aid convoys shall be held accountable.

The move came two weeks after U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley met with Kiir in Juba. She was the first member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet to visit South Sudan, which spiraled into civil war in late 2013, two years after gaining independence from Sudan.

Haley said Washington had lost trust in Kiir’s government for fuelling the civil war, and demanded that Kiir allow full and consistent humanitarian aid…

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