Country cannot sacrifice it’s interest for sake of Ethiopia: South Sudan official
The senior administrator identifying himself only as Mr Abraham Chol and believed to be close to president Kiir’s family has praised president Kiri’s recent visit to Cairo, saying his country was looking to see more support from Egypt.
“The president’s visit was successful and we agreed to work together (with Egypt) on all issues….we agreed to put the interests first..” Abraham told reporters
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Many observers have rised the red flag over South Sudan’s president recent visit to Egypt after reports of a “dirty deal” where the two leaders have agreed to protect Egypt’s full rights over usage of the Nile waters without any interruption from upstream countries like Ethiopia or Sudan.
According to news reports from Arab newspapers sources, South Sudan president have agreed with his Egyptian counterpart Al-Sisi to cooperate together on the Nile water issues, to work together to stop or even sabotage any Ethiopian government move to continue to build dams on the Blue Nile.
In a new deal know as the “Dirty deal” between Egypt and South Sudan which has raised eyebrows and believed to include Uganda government of Museveni as mediator, the two leaders are said to have agreed to use different means to sabotage Ethiopia’s projects to build dams on the river Nile.
South Sudan government has always looked at Ethiopia with a doubting eye since Ethiopia hosted South Sudan’s armed opposition leader and leader of SPLM/A-IO Dr Rick Machar from 2013 to 2015 after a bloody ethnic civil war broke out in the country.
Dr Riek Machar lived in Ethiopia until a peace agreement mediated by IGAD was signed in August 2015 after which he returned to South Sudan as First Vice President, however Dr Riek fled the country again and is now in South Africa after forces loyal to president Kiir attacked the lightly armed forces of Dr Riek’s SPLM/A-IO in the capital Juba leading to collapse of the peace agreement.
According to Abraham Chol, an administrator in president Sslva Kiir’s office, the government in Juba was just looking out for its greater interest and could not let another country overshadow it’s interest’s.
“We agreed that South Sudan comes first, that’s why we had to talk to the Egyptians as they have more to offer to South Sudan than other neighbouring countries” Abraham Chol told the Journalist in a private interview.
When asked if president Salva Kiir’s visit to Egypt and the agreement to work together on the Nile could affect relations with neighbouring Ethiopia, the senior official in the presidency said that his country could not sacrifice it’s interests for the sake of another country.
“look my friend…South Sudan cannot continue to sacrifice it’s interests because of other countries…be it Ethiopia or others…no way”… said the official who looked serious
According to Al Arab a middleeast based newspaper, the two leaders of Egypt and South Sudan met in Cairo to strike a “Dirty deal” that would see Ethiopia’s ambitions to build a mega dam sabotaged by Egypt with cooperation of President Salva Kir government and backing of President Museveni of Uganda.
“There is a dirty deal going between Kir and Sisi,” Sources close the opposition told Al-Arab, saying they had received reports from close allies inside the government about the purpose of the recent visit of Kir to Cairo which was based on a sudden invitation by Egyptian president Al-Sisi.
“The issue of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is one of the main deals being finalised in Cairo”. the opposition official told Al-Arab newspaper
Ethiopia which is currently building a mega electric dam on the river Nile has been accused by Egypt of trying to reduce and block water flow from the Nile into Egypt affecting Egyptian agricultural interests and survival.
Egypt has said it would do anything in it’s powers to limit or block the building of any major dams on the river Nile so as not to affect it’s water security.
According to reliable sources, the actions that the two leaders Sisi and Kiir agreed would include sabotage and covert activities that would block or delay Ethiopia’s dreams of having a mega dam on the Nile that would supply the country with non-stop electricity for development purposes. Actions against the Ethiopian government as agreed in the “dirty deal” would include covert support and training to Ethiopian armed and non-armed opposition groups, supporting popular uprising, lobbying international support for Egypt and isolating Ethiopia diplomatically, in return president Kiir would receive unlimited and unrestricted support from Egypt interms of arms supplies and financial support.
Egypt has been desperate for allies in the Nile Valley countries to support it’s campaign to stop Ethiopia building the dam as a result president Sisi has rallied Uganda’s president Museveni and now South Sudan’s president Salva Kir in an attempt to isolate Ethiopia.
A call to South Sudan’s information ministry to confirm the alleged “dirty deal” was met with no answer.
However according to the senior official in the presidency Mr Abraham Chol, South Sudan will not sacrifice it’s relations with Egypt because of Ethiopia, he told this journalist in a private interview.
“….It’s our wish, it has been agreed in the close doors meeting….we will stand with Egypt, we cannot sacrifice our relations because of any other countries, Nile water should be allowed to flow freely without any obstruction from Ethiopia or other countries.…” Abraham Chol concluded.