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Ethiopia re-affirms continued support for South Sudan

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August 21, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Dessalegn said Ethiopia would continue with its commitment of bringing peace and stability to South Sudan.

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Amb. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Presidential Envoy and Minister of Petroleum and General Akol Koor Kuc of Internal Security Bureau of the Republic of South Sudan met today August 21, 2017 His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat the Chairperson of African Union Commission in African Union HeadQuarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and briefed His Excellency about the Implementation of the peace Agreement in the Republic of South Sudan (courtesy photo)

The Ethiopian official made the remark on Monday during a meeting he held with South Sudan’s Petroleum Minister Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth on ways of ensuring peace and security in the war-torn country.

Gatkuoth, the Ethiopian News Agency reported, delivered a message from South Sudan President Salva Kirr to Dessalegn, the chairperson of the regional bloc (IGAD).

According to Gatkouth, Kiir’s message was mainly about the implementation of the forum his country signed with IGAD in 2015.

“The South Sudanese government is implementing the forum as it promised and the aim of the forum is to restore stability in the country,” Gatkouth said.

The two nations, he said, will continue to cooperate in all spheres of activities.

"For us, Ethiopia is a strategic country and a partner, and we will always continue to rely on Ethiopia for all things that could happen in South Sudan. It is Ethiopia that brought peace and stability to South Sudan," added Gatkouth.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister urged the South Sudanese government to work towards the full restoration of peace and stability in the country and solve the nation’s problems in a more inclusive manner.

According to Dessalegn, all-round public participation is of crucial importance in seeking a political solution to the current crisis.

He further noted that Ethiopia and South Sudan share extensive common borders in which peoples of the same nationality, like the Anyuak, live on both sides of the border between the two countries.

Peace and stability in South Sudan are crucial to Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Prime Minister emphasized, adding that Ethiopia will not, therefore, allow South Sudan’s government to plunge into total crisis.

South Sudan has experienced a civil war since a bitter split between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, escalated in mid-December 2013. Tens of thousands of people have reportedly been killed and over 2 million displaced in less than five years.

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  • 22 August 2017 12:18, by lou nuer

    Amb. Lol Gatkuoth
    You were an enemy to Kiir Mayardit last time because you fought for position. After you failed to get a position in TGoNU you shifted aside you cannot be compared with Dak Duop Bichiok by all mean please. You have turn your image down than the way we were about to bring you up. Now you return to your vomitus. enjoy you fake regime. Nothing than revitalization and re-instate Dr.

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  • 22 August 2017 13:04, by jubaone

    "The South Sudanese government is implementing the forum as it promised and the aim of the forum is to restore stability in the country,” Gatkouth said. This nyagat must be out of his mind. I thought by back-stabbing Dr. Riak, he and nyagat Taban-el-jellab have now peace in the country. What happened? Dr. Riak is coming soon, for sure! Nov. 15 2017.

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    • 22 August 2017 13:21, by Redeemer

      Lou Nuer & Jubaone
      For sure Dr.James Riek Machar is South Sudan ambassador to South Africa appointed by Gen. of arm forces His Excellency the President of the Republic of South Sudan Salva kiir Mayardit. You want him in Nov. as what? and for what?

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    • 22 August 2017 18:10, by South South

      jubaone,

      Please stop this childish writing and write like an adult. You just become irresponsible person in this forum. Riek is a history, the man has many problems to deal with including his own health. South Sudan is moving forward and if you don’t like it then show us what you can do, period. Just talking while you are 10000 mile away from South Sudan is nonsense.

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