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South Sudan dismisses reports about Egyptian military base

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South Sudanese Ambassador to Ethiopia dismissed reports that his country had accepted Egyptian request to build a military base in Pagak.

Briefing journalists on Thursday, 4 June 2020, the Ambassador of South Sudan to Ethiopia, James Pitia Morgan, said his country won’t do anything that could harm Ethiopia.

Morgan’s remark came following information shared on social media that South Sudan had agreed to provide a plot of land to Egypt for the building of a military base in Pagak county to launch attacks against the mega-dam that Ethiopia is constructing on the Nile.

“The information is completely false,” he said in a press conference issued to local journalists…

“The information is shared by groups who have an interesting in undermining the existing cooperation between the two countries,” the ambassador said.

Ethiopia always stands in solidarity with South Sudan even in a difficult time, the ambassador said, adding “we the people of South Sudan will never forget this contribution.”

“If any force intends to attack Ethiopia via South Sudan, it will first face the people of South Sudan,” the ambassador indicated.

He said South Sudan fully respects Ethiopia’s rights to utilise its natural resources within its territory.

Ambassador Morgan is confident that Ethiopia will address its problem through dialogue. In any case, South Sudan will rally alongside Ethiopia, he said.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, South Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation also rejected the information stating that “it is categorically unfounded and baseless.”

– APA

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