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Updated Feb 3, 2020

The US Department of State announced the appointment of William Stuart Symington IV as special envoy to South Sudan. The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Jim Risch, Republican from Idaho, issued a statement praising the decision as “a necessary and welcome step in US efforts to assist the South Sudanese people in their pursuit of a peaceful transition to a more inclusive and democratic state.” 

Symington IV previously represented the United States as a diplomat, ambassador, and special representative in various African countries, including serving as chief of mission in Nigeria from 2016 to 2019.

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