Ethiopia denies expelling South Sudan ambassador

Rumors implied South Sudan’s envoy to Ethiopia shown the door after Egyptian president’s visit

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sisi’s visit to Juba

(Anadolu Agency) — Ethiopia on Monday trashed rumors that the South Sudanese ambassador to Ethiopia was expelled.

Reports have been widely circulated by international media that Ethiopia showed the South Sudanese ambassador the door after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sisi’s visit to Juba over the weekend.

It “is fictional news perpetrated by elements supporting the disinformation campaign of the criminal TPLF clique,” the State of Emergency Task Force said in a statement.

During his visit, el-Sisi discussed Nile, and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam – a huge hydro scheme that Ethiopia has been building since 2011 on the Nile. Ethiopia contributes 85% of waters to the Nile.

Since June, the African Union has been mediating talks between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt concerning the filling and annual operation of Ethiopia’s dam that has a capacity of holding 170 billion cubic meters of water in its reservoir.

The construction is underway at a cost of more than $5 billion raised through public mobilization of funds with no external financing.

Egypt said it fears the dam would reduce its share of the Nile waters, while Ethiopia maintains the dam is crucial to its development and that the scheme has several regional benefits, including serving as a regional power pool and reducing annual flooding in Egypt and Sudan.

A 1959 bilateral agreement gave Egypt 55.5 billion cubic meters of water, and Sudan 18.5 billion cubic meters. Ethiopia got nil.

A water expert told Anadolu Agency that “Egypt has been knocking doors closer to Ethiopia over the past several years to align as many countries in East Africa as possible to continue its hegemony over the Nile waters.”

2 comments

  1. Apparently this was all fake news. The only way South Sudan will do this if its leaders have lost their mind. They have or will have no incentive to provide assistance to a wanted fugitive even if el-Sisi promises them a billion dollars. We should never forget the fact that it was the Ethiopian people who stood for them and provided them life saving support during their trying times from their beginning till they gained their independence. That support did not stop after their independence where Ethiopia provided them training essential for the young republic to start running upon landing. We should also remember the fact that South Sudan is still on shaky ground and it may not be a good idea for South Sudan sitting inside glass walls to be the first one to cast the stone at its creator neighbor. No, that would be a stupid idea and that is why I don’t believe the story. This is same fake news story as the one that was spewed around many years ago. Then it was reported that the former bloodthirsty ruler Mengistu was given a refuge in Juba and I still remember how President Kiir responded to rumor. He told us all that he and his people do not consider the help they got in the 1970’s and 80’s as something given to them by Mengistu but rather by the fraternal people of Ethiopia. So we should be very careful about news coming out of the old country.

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