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South Sudan president vows to strengthen military ties with Ethiopia

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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)
April 7, 2017 (JUBA) –South Sudan President Salva Kiir Friday reiterated his commitment and willingness to work with Ethiopia to deepen their military cooperation, making new contributions to an in-depth development of bilateral relations.

President Kiir said South Sudan regards the relationship with the neighbouring country as one of great importance. Over the past years, the military exchanges between the two countries have resulted in fruitful achievements for both countries.

The bilateral level of cooperation has enabled the countries to conduct high-level exchanges, joint military training and defence consultations.

Kuol Manyang Juuk, the Defence Minister pointed out that strengthening the military cooperation between South Sudan and Ethiopia was vital in safeguarding regional peace and stability, regardless of circumstances.

The minister said South Sudan would stay committed in their efforts to deepen military exchanges and advance military ties with Ethiopia. He addressed the press after accompanying the Ethiopian Chief of Defence, Samora Muhammad Yuni and his delegation to President Kiir.

Flanked by Paul Malong Awan, Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) Chief of General Staff, Minister Juuk said the Ethiopian military and security officials had discussed the memorandum signed between the Ethiopian army and SPLA at the State House in Juba.

Malong said the discussions were on the memorandum signed by the two army chiefs of general staff on the provision of security on the borders between the two countries.

He went on to say that he was appreciative of the role that has been played by his Ethiopian counterpart, supporting SPLA and the people of South Sudan during the days where the Sudanese people struggled for freedom.

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  • 8 April 04:02, by choldit

    Well, we will see if Ethiopia will join other East African nations to help Dinka JCE, Taban and kiir to kill more innocent Nueri and equatorian. This war has unbelievable deeds. One can see sudan regime working on same side with Israel and Uganda against SPLA IO e.g. Israel training spla in govt In Luri Mt and operating L-39 airplane that drops chemicals on innocent south Sudanese civilians. cont.

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    • 8 April 04:23, by choldit

      ... Sudan is operating Antinov airplane that indiscriminately bormbes civilian target. And Uganda used to do the ground force that ruthlessly used to kill and rape innocent people in South Sudan. Egypt provides lather weapons to South Sudan for years but this year it is accused of bombing South Sudanese in upper Nile. But Can one imagine Ethiopia is to do business with South Sudan and Egypt now.

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      • 8 April 13:03, by Nairobimitot

        The military cooperation between the two countries will bring peace into the region. All the borders will be secured, and there will be no rebel activities between the two nations. The military cooperation would also strengthen a strong tie and develops trust between South Sudan and Ethiopia.All the Civilians traveling will go on with their journey and traveling is going to be much more secure and peaceful when crossing the borders and all the threats will be eliminating. That is a good development because all the tribes will benefit from the improvement of security. Military cooperation is for the safety and for peace and to develop trust between the two nations and the citizens of both countries, and it is only for the benefits of all the civilians of all walk of life and the government.

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  • 8 April 06:17, by Eastern

    The use of the word STRENGTHEN is is misplaced here; South Sudan has nothing to offer. It only stands to GAIN from Ethiopia. The headline should have been: South Sudan vows to BENEFIT from Ethiopia military ties!

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    • 8 April 06:52, by South South

      Eastern,

      My Equataoria guys in this forum either they are unable to understand how relationship between nations work or they are denying the facts. There is nothing call friendship between countries. There is only relationship of interests between nations. Ethiopia will never just give South Sudan without taking something. South Sudan has many things Ethiopia is looking for including oil pipe lin

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      • 8 April 09:31, by Eastern

        South Sudan,

        How does Ethiopia need South Sudan when it already has access to the sea (for international trade). Ethiopia has enough power for industrialisation, Ethiopia can contain its rebel outfits. Between South Sudan and Ethiopia, who do you think needs who most? Ethiopia can do without South Sudan. Ethiopia just wants to protect its business comminity in South Sudan!!!

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        • 8 April 09:53, by South South

          Eastern,

          Please help me:
          "South Sudan has nothing to offer. It only stands to GAIN from Ethiopia."
          "Ethiopia just wants to protect its business community in South Sudan!!!"

          Are you struggling to find facts Eastern?

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          • 8 April 10:02, by South South

            Eastern,

            For your information, Ethiopia is a lock land country like South Sudan. It has no access to international sea. Yes, it has cut deal with a neighbor country to reach ocean, but that alone is not enough, anything can happen and Ethiopia can be blocked out. This is why Ethiopia is looking for other options, South Sudan oil speaks very loud to Ethiopia.

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            • 8 April 16:05, by jubaone

              Eastern,
              Thank you for the assessment. When the Kiirminal talks of SS, he usually infers to Equatoria which is the heart and brains of SS. Other than millions of starving cows, our "luak jienges" have really nothing to offer. They are seeking protection cos they in their nature are lazy savages whose livelihood depends on banditry, cattle rustling and looting. Do you know of any skills these scoun

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            • 8 April 16:08, by jubaone

              South South,
              "land locked" don’t directly translate otherwise it loses its meaning ya jienge.

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              • 8 April 16:34, by South South

                Jubaone,

                Oh, one mistake from me brought you in. Iam right and my message is very clear to the world, only stupid people like will dig for nothing because they are losing every day. Shut up loser. We are in your village, what can you do? Crying, maybe.

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                • 8 April 17:06, by jubaone

                  South South,
                  Oh Aryan jienge! By the way, if you came looking for monkey meat for your starving relatives, sorry. We have alerted even our monkeys and rats to get away from marauding jiengessavages who kill any living object. But perhaps it us the bitter pangs of hunger that has made them irrational and idiots. Uh! They are everywhere MTN like flies.

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          • 8 April 17:13, by jubaone

            South South,
            Ofcourse SS is like a wretched beggar that should expect some bread 🍞 crumbs that fall off the Ethiopian tables to land onto its hands. The Kiirminal has become not only a doormat but an Ethiopian lapdog to be strengthened and taken care of.

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      • 8 April 17:18, by jubaone

        South South,
        Equatoria is the heart and brain of SS, while the jienge junk states represent the the asshole from which shit has to be passed out. It stinks but a necessary part of the body. It is our duty as Equatorians to think to keep it clean. Then the ass can’t clean itself.

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  • 8 April 08:01, by Eyez

    Look at this failed MTN tribal leader, why don’t you focus your efforts and energy on addressing the most pressing issues at hand, like the famine and the collapsed economy, instead of seeking military alliances.
    Your wishes to cling to power through military supremacy will take you MTNs to your early graves, sooner or later.

    Why kill innocent civilians and terrorise women with gang rape?

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    • 8 April 16:18, by jubaone

      Eyez,
      Remove that black hat from the Kiirminal and you see the ugly and organized slashings on his forehead. Remove Equatoria from SS, you see the nakedness and savagery of the rest jienge junk states. Ethiopia should just annex them we would have lesser idiots idling around in Equatoria.

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  • 8 April 10:05, by Lou Nuer The Great

    hahahahah jienges stop posting white lies about stregthening military ties with ethiopia.
    do you forgot that ethiopian troops are on standby with you waiting the order to start all front war with you then what about your mother fucker yoweri museveni’s UPDF than egypt

    SPLA IO is ready to defend the civilians of south sudan by any mean Ethiopia will not involve in this conflict if you think

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  • 8 April 10:11, by Lou Nuer The Great

    SPLA IO VIVAAAAAA

    dear south sudanese men and women in uniform i call upon all of you to disregard this senseless claim made by MTN militias of RSS(JCE) as totally whites lies as posted by illiterates JCE president

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