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Ethiopia and South Sudan agree to construct oil route


President Salva Kiir and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn speak after the signing of bilateral cooperation agreements in Addis Ababa on 24 February 2017 (ENA Photo)
February 24, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA/JUBA) - President Salva Kiir and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn have agreed to build a road linking the two countries enabling South Sudan to export its oil to the landlocked Ethiopia.

President Kiir arrived in Ethiopia Thursday afternoon on a three-day official visit.

Kiir and Desalegn on Friday signed eight cooperation agreements to enhance economic cooperation and border security between the two neighbouring countries.

Speaking at the signing ceremony in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian prime minister welcomed the agreement saying "We don’t need to go too far distance to import oil while South Sudan is close by here with us," the Ethiopian premier said.

Hailemariam further said Ethiopia is currently constructing a highway from Dima to Raad and intends to extend this road further to Boma as part of its plans to boost economic ties with the world’s youngest nation.

The highways due to be constructed will stretch from Gambella-Pagak-Palouge while the second one from Dima-Raad-Boma-Bor.

The minister at the South Sudanese presidency, Mayiik Ayii, Gai, said the construction of the road comes together with the building of a refinery in Upper Nile with the capacity to process up top 100,000 barrels of oil per day. This project is funded by Swiss and U.S companies.

"If the construction of this refinery is completed and the road is completed, we will have access to some hard currency through these refined products”, he told Sudan Tribune.

He went further to say that the refinery will allow South Sudan to export refined fuel products at very decent prices to countries in the region, including Ethiopia.

South Sudan currently exports its oil crude to the international market through Port Sudan, and imports fuel from countries in the region.

The leaders said the trans-border highway projects will allow free movement of people, enhance trade exchange and social ties between peoples of the two sisterly countries.

The two countries have also signed agreements on power, trade, health, infrastructure, information, communication and media.

Another deal was also reached to establish a joint border committee which follows up implementation of joint development activities along with their shared border.

A joint border administrators/governors committee will be formed in the earliest time possible to strengthen cooperation on issues of security, trade and infrastructure development.

With regard to the political turmoil and finding durable solution to the conflict in South Sudan the two sides recognized "the need to work together for the implementation of the agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan" signed in Addis Ababa in August 2015.

The two leaders further agreed to jointly work together for an inclusive process of the national dialogue in South Sudan.

President kiir declared national dialogue on December 2016 in a bid to arrest nearly three-years long conflict.

He called on armed opposition groups to lay down arms and join the national dialogue.

Earlier this week, Kiir renewed his call on opposition groups to join the "open forum" arguing the national dialogue is the best option to consolidate peace in South Sudan.


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  • 25 February 2017 01:11, by Kuch

    Everybody knows how polemic SUDAN TRIBUNE is at again! How on earth would Mr. Salva Kiir go on three days visit to ethiopia of all countries that he (Salva Kiir) has been visiting every now and then? My own problem with Mr. Salva Kiir however is his usual way of going to foreign countries, go and gives useless speeches and demurely>>>

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    • 25 February 2017 01:27, by Kuch

      This kind of awkward stance by a South Sudanese leader is what has been exploited by some fools like Riek Machar and his brainless followers. And even some countries in our own region and the criminals in the then Barack Obama administration, the damn UN and their creepy NGOs. Mr. Salva Kiir was advised right after our independence not to renew the then UNIMIS to UNIMISS>>>

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      • 25 February 2017 01:36, by Kuch

        because the business of the UN so-called peacekeeping is nothing to do with peacekeeping as some fools often take it to be. It is an overt occupation of other countries by the US and Europe on the sly. Some of our elders who were so drunk with our independence and were like they were the masters of the world rebuked us that we were just boys with some attitudes towards white people>>>

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        • 25 February 2017 02:01, by Kuch

          What war was there in South Sudan after our independence for the UN so-called peacekeeping to be in our country then? Non. But some of our leaders and even our people are used to free things and they even think. UN is just their freeloader. Even Riek Machar, a UN, the NGOs, the US, the UK and some of their creeps in between, advised his Nuers low lives to stay in>>>

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          • 25 February 2017 02:24, by Kuch

            the so-called UN compounds so that the US, the UK, the UN and the NGOs give them money to get out. Really, do the US, the UK, the UN, their UN and their creepy NGOs owe anything to our Nuers of all people? Good luck fellows.

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    • 25 February 2017 06:19, by BigEgo

      This is a no brainer! You think Ethiopia is in a position to undermine one of Sudan’s economic conduits? Ethiopia and Sudan have been mending relationships lately and this is in contrary to the fact. South Sudan oil pipeline is gainfully significant to Sudan’s economy.

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    • 25 February 2017 09:45, by Mayom County Troops

      But Mr President make sure that you defeat all rebels of Dr Riek Machar far away with our oil facilitates , otherwise Riek Machar forces will spoil our oil facilitates again like what they have did in 2013

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  • 25 February 2017 03:41, by Dinka-Defender-General

    That is the great news for South Sudan. We, the people of South Sudan support this kind of plan. Let’s see when the project begins. Keep your promises Mr. President Kiir. This kind of plan was supposed to begin since our independent 2005, but late plan is better then nothing at all.

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    • 25 February 2017 06:44, by South South

      As I said many time in this forum, those of Eastern, Juboane and all of them from IO or whatever just talk, but we are walking. South Sudan will be a great country in East Africa.

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      • 25 February 2017 09:52, by Eastern

        South Sudan,

        South Sudan is the "doormat" of all the East African countries - under Kiir’s misrule, a country with the best GDP has become a begging country and a laughing stock. Do you know how Kiir and his shadowy diplomats really mess during AU, IGAD and other meetings? South Sudan will never be great soon; be prepared for the long haul!!

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        • 25 February 2017 10:47, by South South


          I know very well people like you are very afraid to see any progress in South Sudan. This is not just the behavior of today. it has been there since the days of liberation. We had seen people from South Sudan who were celebrating when Riek broke away from SPLA and Arabs advanced and captured some places from SPLA. The same people are the one crying everyday to destroy South Sudan.

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        • 25 February 2017 10:52, by holysonel

          we’re so patient... we fought for 22 yrs so waiting for peace to come again isn’t a big deal./

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      • 25 February 2017 13:57, by jubaone

        South South,
        Once you’ve finished walking aimlessly like Johnnie Walker, I shall give you my response.

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        • 25 February 2017 14:18, by South South


          I told you last time that I have nothing to do with Johnnie Walker as I was raised drinking milk and I still holding that culture. I do believe you are worry now because South Sudan is moving ahead with good things, whether internet’s people want it or not, we are moving. Keep talking, I am walking. South Sudan is ours, it’s our country. Thomas Carillon will be handed over to South Sudan

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          • 26 February 2017 08:45, by jubaone

            South South;
            SS produced 350,000 b/d between 2007-2013 and only benefited thejienges. Now with the war, SS produces 100,000b/d and will not benefit anyone not even the starving jienges in Warrap or Aweil. Ethiopia is simply wooing SS. Kiir has become a regional "political prostitute". Bashir will not simply look on and smile.

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            • 26 February 2017 08:51, by jubaone

              After Kiir’s visit to Egypt and then the next visit of Moroccan king to Juba, Kiir is gradually going "jellaba". These arabs find SS a easy entry point to Africa. Kiir has btrayed the black africans in the region. Ethiopia is trying to pull back this stray man Kiir. Sadly, he is being tossed here and there like a bitch. He jas brought shame and disgrace to the country.

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  • 25 February 2017 08:56, by Tharjiath

    Kiir and Desalegn, they are deceive them,the Government of JCE has signed many agreement with Egypt to build strong military offensives Against Opposition and established way to damage the dam of Ethiopia and again today Kiir went to Ethiopia and signed agreements with Ethiopia to disarray opposition their respect places through Ethiopia borders.
    Be careful Desalegn Kiir his doing conspiracy.

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  • 25 February 2017 10:53, by Kush Natives

    President Salva Kiir and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
    This is the day I have been waiting for! If this brilliant vision was there in the first place, then we shouldn’t be here at the stage in which we’re. But, hopping big while thinking less brought us here. I will not elaborate anything then what I am reading.

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    • 25 February 2017 13:12, by Malakal county Simon

      It’s only a cheap politic of today and these mentioned signed agreements will die in the air and nothing will come to light as long as unwanted salva kiir still in power by force!!!!!! Good luck kiir booty lickers......

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  • 26 February 2017 22:11, by Work force

    This Cattle keeper is easily been deceived instead of bring peace to his failing Government and is just wasting his time of exporting Oil to Ethiopia my query is where is the oil that you talked of? do you think the professional IO will give you a chance to do so? please work hard to bring peace before blindfold yourself and the primitive Jieng the cattle advisers we are tired of primitive Govt

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