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More information about South Sudan is available on the South Sudan Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.


The United States recognized South Sudan as a sovereign, independent state on July 9, 2011, following its secession from Sudan. The United States played a key role in helping create the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that laid the groundwork for the 2011 referendum on self-determination, through which the people of South Sudan overwhelmingly voted for independence. Several disputes between Sudan and South Sudan remain unresolved post-independence, including demarcation of the border, status and rights of the citizens of each country in the other, and the status of the Abyei region. The United States supports the efforts of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel to help the parties work through these issues.

On December 15, 2013, longstanding political tensions between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and former First Vice President Riek Machar erupted into widespread violence, which led to Machar’s fleeing the country. The United States supported the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in its mediation efforts between the parties, which resulted in the signing of the Agreement to Resolve the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) in August 2015. In April 2016, Riek Machar returned to Juba and, under the terms of the ARCSS, participated in the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity. Progress on implementation of the agreement was slow, and on July 8, 2016, fighting broke out between forces loyal to Kiir and forces loyal to Machar, and again Machar fled the country. In Machar’s absence, the government launched large-scale offensives throughout the country to consolidate its power, exacerbating an already dire humanitarian crisis. During this time, abuses against civilians, including appalling levels of sexual violence, forced more than four million people to flee their homes and left more than seven million South Sudanese – over half the population – in need of humanitarian assistance. In February 2020, the parties formed the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) and Machar returned to Juba. However, prospects for peace are uncertain, as opposing groups continue to shown a reluctance to end the fighting or to prioritize the needs of citizens. The United States has been deeply involved in international efforts to end the conflict.

U.S. Assistance to South Sudan

The U.S. Government is the leading international donor to South Sudan, providing lifesaving humanitarian assistance such as food, nutrition, protection, clean water, and sanitation, as well as essential services such as food, nutrition support, emergency water and sanitation interventions, health care, and education to millions of South Sudanese citizens displaced or otherwise affected since the start of the crisis in December 2013. In Fiscal Year 2019, the United States provided more than $481 million in funding to support the humanitarian response in South Sudan. The U.S. Government also supports civil society and independent media to ensure that diverse voices are heard and supports activities in conflict mitigation, trauma awareness, and reconciliation. Restoring stability in South Sudan will require ending conflicts and addressing the grievances behind them, strengthening core institutions and improving

governance transparency processes to make them more inclusive, fighting corruption, and responding to the expectations of the population for essential services and improved livelihoods.

The United States collaborates with multiple United Nations agencies, other donors, and nongovernmental organizations to assist those affected by ongoing violence.

Bilateral Economic Relations

The United States has no significant trade with South Sudan.

South Sudan’s Membership in International Organizations

With independence, South Sudan became the 195th country in the world, and the 193rd member of the United Nations. The UN Security Council established the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan in July 2011 to consolidate peace and security and to help establish conditions for development.

Bilateral Representation

Principal embassy officials are listed in the Department’s Key Officers List.

South Sudan maintains an embassy in the United States at 1015 31st Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20007.

More information about South Sudan is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

CIA World Factbook South Sudan Page 
U.S. Embassy
USAID South Sudan Page 
History of U.S. Relations With South Sudan
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics 
Office of Foreign Assets Control Sanctions Page (see Sudan) International Offices Page 
Travel Information

U.S. Department of State

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