South Sudan is Not Afraid of Ethiopia: Information Ministry Official Warns!

Salva Kiir Mayardit (L) being welcomed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on 10th January 2017 [Egyptian Presidency - Handout/Anadolu]

Salva Kiir Mayardit (L) being welcomed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on 10th January 2017 [Egyptian Presidency – Handout/Anadolu]

18, January 2017(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudanese officials have stepped up rhetoric against Ethiopia in what analyst see as a moment that is developing in the relations between the two countries with a government official at the ministry of information in Juba telling a reporter that his government was not afraid of Ethiopia.

Ethiopia has been looking at Kiir’s government in Juba with a second thought lately over South Sudan’s embracement of Egyptian government policy towards the Ethiopian Dam and the Nile water agreement.

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An official who is a close aide to the information minister Michael Makuei has said the government of South Sudan was not afraid of Ethiopia and that the country had nothing to explain, adding that the country would press on with its strategic relations with Egypt.

“it’s a normal practise to look out for your own interests, all countries do that……. we are ‘not afraid’ of any country, be it within the region (Ethiopia) or beyond, i think our ambassador in Addis Ababa made it clear to them on Ethiopian Broadcasting Television that we do not have to explain anything on our diplomatic relations with other countries” said Atem Deng Makuac an official at the ministry of information in Juba

This Comes just a day after the South Sudanese ambassador to Ethiopia was summoned on the national television the Ethiopian Broadcasting Cooperation (EBC) to explain president Kiir’s recent visit to Egypt and to dispel recent rumours that South Sudan and Egypt agreed on a “dirty deal” over Ethiopia’s building of a mega Dam on the river Nile.

The official said the government in Juba would not back down from any deal with the Egyptian government due to their long standing relations.

“…..Other countries cannot force us to rethink our relations with Egypt, Egypt has supported South Sudan in many occasion,….you know it, about their support for our irrigation system, no country in the region has done that, ok? Said Atem Deng Makuac a close aide to the information minister

Atem said Egypt has offered opportunities to South Sudanese, he warned that Ethiopia cannot force or threaten South Sudan because the national interest of the country comes first above anything else.

“They have given scholarships, they are offering other security support now…..we cannot be asked to stop cooperating with Egypt be it on the Nile water issues or whatever…..those who are not happy have to rethink” Atem Deng added

President Salva Kiir visited Egyptian capital last week in a surprise invitationn by his Egyptian counterpart Al Fatah Al-Sisi were they discussed bilateral relations and agreed to work together to support Egypt in it’s campaign on building dams on the Nile river. According to Middle-east news sources the two president’s of Egypt and South Sudan agreed on a “dirty deal” to block or sabotage Ethiopian plans to build a dam on the Nile river.

Egypt which has been accused by Ethiopia of entering in it’s internal affairs by supporting opposition groups and rebels inside Ethiopia is said to have joined forces with South Sudan’s president Kiir and Uganda’s Museveni to isolate Ethiopia regionally and use several means to force Ethiopia to stop building its new mega Dam on the Nile river.

South Sudan government has always suspected Ethiopia of offering indirect support to the rebellion that has engulfed the country, while Ethiopia is said to be suspicious of South Sudan’s new close cooperation with Egypt.

When asked if the government would talk to the Ethiopian government to explain itself about the recent visit by president Salva Kiir to Egypt recently, Mr Atem replied that there was nothing to explain.

“South Sudan does not owe anyone any explanation…what did we do wrong?” Atem told the reporter.

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16 comments

  • its term as political prostitution mingling with many country will not solve the reccesion in the country instead of fuelin the war .s sudan is just aneonate compare to any country in the continent both economically and development shame to kiir and his goonz

  • south sudan’s kiir will take the very risk ,if there is any agreement against Ethiopia which stands with its strength in the horn of africa& very proxim to south sudan.
    kiir should be wise not to be tail&servant to Egypt&Uganda.
    TAKE CARE

  • Samuel Mut Gai Dhap

    Shame on Juba chameleon strategies, support war amongst the African Nation summarized the regime political and leadership caliber.

  • U know JCE who want build to Dinka kingdom destroy South Sudan by ignoring of 63 tribes from struggling to be independent from hand of Arabs’ policy.

    • I am sure Salva kiir will not attempt any conspiracy against Ethiopia, Otherwise he will pay the cost. because the issue of Mega Dam is a matter of life and death to the Ethiopian People, to which Ethiopia will never compromise.

  • I am sure Salva kiir will not attempt any conspiracy against Ethiopia, Otherwise he will pay the cost. because the issue of Mega Dam is a matter of life and death to the Ethiopian People, to which Ethiopia will never compromise.

  • The future looks great for South Sudan once Ethiopia ceases to exist as a country. At this moment, Ethiopia is very divided with many secessionist groups and it is a matter of time before it breaks up into different countries. South Sudan should form alliances with these secessionist groups in Ethiopia (example: Amhara, Oromo, Ogaden, etc.)

    • Bilal do’t u know this before,as ETHIOPIA has made up of more than 80 ethnic groups like Amhara,oromo,somali…,they have similar culture/tradition…& highly linked in blood. Never think as such & even look at their defense force composition with multi ethnic in its structure,strong coexistence each other…
      RATHER SALVA KIIR better to use Ethiopia as potential partner than any other.

  • Be careful of what you wish for, Salva Kiir! The Nile issue is way above your head and old as the river. Just put your house in order, and stay away from the Ethio-Egypt rivalry lest your country, South Sudan, will be the battleground of regional proxy wars.

    • Afro, that is a wise advice for Kier, the JCE and the rest of Jaang who are sympathizers and secretly supporters of such a weak yet tyranical regime.

  • Desperate Egypt now a day tends to pick corpse ha? Sad it is finished already what’s left for them is another home grown crisis to fuel up the tension. US no longer fund their mess and their Arab friend Saudi left the bed once they were sharing. So, out of desperation it somehow find another failed state called south Sudan, only to use them; rather than that I won’t consider this failed state as threat. We Ethiopians may have some home problem and differences but, as a nation when it comes to our land, we won’t be pushed aside and be bullied !

  • shame on Jubal
    it is not a time to alliances with Egypt.because Salva Kiir must know who were stand at his independent struggle and tink again for the south sedans migrants

  • There will be a very high price south Sudan will pay if it decided to be a.slave of Egypt.

  • There is a saying in Ethiopia for this insanity. A chicken playing with knife.

  • For the strongest Ethiopian army may take few days to dismantle kiir ‘s gov, but Ethiopians don’t do that instead they make kiir to hate his existence step by step.

  • Shame on kiir!!! You better rethink on the actions you and your country is going to take.Your alliance to prejudice Ethiopia’s interest will destroy your government once and for all!!! You better watch out!!!