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February 25, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan government has dismissed the Sudanese president’s claims that intelligence report allegedly showed the Egyptian government provided arms and ammunition to the world’s youngest nation.

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Arms and light weapons have been used by both warring parties in South Sudan to commit abuses (Photo courtesy of SSANSA)

The Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir on Tuesday ruled out the direct involvement of the Egyptian arm in South Sudan’s conflict but said Cairo provided the Juba regime with weapons and ammunition.

"We have intelligence that they supported the South Sudanese government and continue to support the government with arms and ammunition," al-Bashir told reporters in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, adding "But I do not expect to fight in the South Sudan”.

The foreign affairs ministry, however, said it was dismayed by the “unfriendly” remarks attributed to the Sudanese leader.

“The Republic of South Sudan is disturbed by this unfortunate, unfounded and baseless statement, especially because it came at a time that the two countries and the whole region have agreed to exert more collective efforts towards the realization of peace and stability in the IGAD region”, reads the statement issued on Saturday.

South Sudan, its foreign affairs ministry stressed, upholds its commitment to regional peace initiatives and maintains the highest level of bilateral relations with Sudan based on the spirit of the Cooperation Agreement signed between the two countries in September 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Juba has also vowed to uphold its obligation to the security sector with the objective of achieving and promoting sustainable peaceful coexistence with its neighbours.

“South Sudan does not only express its political commitment to the Cooperation Agreement, but holds its strong obligation to the security sector in the said agreement to ensure the prevalence of sustainable peaceful co-existence between the two countries,” the statement further reads.

It further added, “South Sudan also upholds on the highest level of historic and bilateral relations with Egypt and all the neighboring countries across the region.”

The foreign affairs ministry urged Khartoum not to forget its responsibility to work with South Sudan in the spirit of the Cooperation agreement and to address any issue that may arise between the two nations through dialogue and direct communications at leadership and diplomatic channels.

“There is no way Sudan and South Sudan can abandon each other, because both countries share the longest border in the region, which needs special attention from their respective leaders”, the ministry’s statement noted.

South Sudan, its foreign affairs ministry further stressed, has the right to protect its territorial integrity and solicit support from any country in the world based on mutual interests.

“We appreciate the level of cooperation with Egypt. Egypt’s role in providing humanitarian assistance, capacity building, health and education, among others, to the people of South Sudan remains unforgettable,” it said.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir visited Cairo in January, where he held talks with his Egytian counterpart, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and other officials. At the time, however, officials in Juba said the purpose of the visit was to thank Egypt for its diplomatic support to the Juba government at the level of the United Nations Security Council.

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  • 25 February 21:15, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    When has Jenge government based in Juba said anything truthfully. Lies, misinformation and theft of national resources is the order of the day! What a wrong group of people amongst mankind. Misery and death is what they using to cement their rule on the poor masses of South Sudan.

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    • 26 February 05:08, by Gatluak jal

      I don’t know what happens to you people OR I Don’t think, you guy understand the foreign policy because any state has right to have relationship with any country with interference from other states. if Sudanese President still dreaming that South Sudan will be part of Sudan again and that assumptions in my opinion will not going to happen and will never. Keep dreaming

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  • 26 February 01:09, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Sudanese government lies after lies about Egyptian government supports. Just get a life and leave us alone to manage our government affairs the way we wanted.

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  • 26 February 06:59, by Tharjiath

    JCE government they are keeping denies while world wide know that tribal government in Juba the sources of weapons from Egypt and Israel.waste lots of money for Ammunition
    Very soon we are going to switch luxury.

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  • 26 February 07:19, by Tharjiath

    Since polics of regime in Juba wasting resources for ammunition while people are suffering from provety and their kids living in luxury life foriegners Countries.
    Many people are deserted South Sudan because famine it is hit the country they thought that it’s going to affects Nuer only in Greater Barhelghal people has desert areas they have returned to Sudan.

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  • 26 February 10:03, by Kush Natives

    South Sudan Oyee! South Sudan Oyee! Who’s the winner now, Sudan or South Sudan? In fact, Sudan will die with heart attack soon or later. I am talking about Bashiir folks. The only things Bashiir can do in order not to hear South Sudan progressing and prosper is to quit that presidency seat. S Sudan can even invite Jesus Christ, if J1 know his address! Stop heart breaks nonsense!

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  • 26 February 13:34, by Lou Nuer The Great

    STUPID JCE

    dear jce denying the fact will not keep you alive all of you will perish soon as possible stupid people bashir is honest man as he forgive you while hosting his enemy inside south sudanese territory fighting alongside you

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    • 27 February 04:25, by Kush Natives

      Lou Nuer The Great,
      You’re free to go back to your master Bashiir! We the patriotic South Sudanese have no sympathy for those internationals called Bashiir and Riek. Bashiir MUST start hanging himself before kingdom come!

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