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The U.S. restrictions prohibit the Syrian diplomats from traveling outside of Northern Virginia or suburban Maryland.


Leaders of South Sudan are praising President Obama for nominating a veteran Africa expert to serve as the first U.S. ambassador to Africa’s newest nation.

“South Sudan is lucky to have someone like Susan Page as ambassador of the U.S. at this particular time in our history,” Dhieu Mathok Diing Wol, a senior member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, told the Sudan Tribune newspaper.

Ms. Page, currently deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs, helped negotiate an end to two decades of civil war in Sudan. A peace agreement in 2005 set the stage for a referendum on independence for South Sudan, which was founded July 9.

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