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Egypt doesn’t want war with Sudan and Ethiopia: al-Sisi

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President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (Photo AFP)
January 15, 2018 (CAIRO) - The Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Monday said his country isn’t conspiring against Sudan and Ethiopia stressing Egypt isn’t planning to go to war against its “brothers”.

Al-Sisi’s statements come amid rising tensions between Egypt on the one hand and Sudan and Ethiopia on the other.

The are several issues between Cairo and Khartoum including Sudan support to the Ethiopian renaissance dam, border dispute over Halayeb triangle and the ban on Egyptian farming products.

The latest tensions have sparked between Sudan and Egypt after the former signed an agreement to temporarily hand over the Red Sea island of Suakin to Turkey.

On 4 January Sudan summoned its ambassador to Egypt for consultation, hours after the head of the Sudanese Border Technical Committee, Abdallah Al-Sadiq, accused Egypt of trying to drag Sudan into a direct military confrontation over Halayeb.

Last week, Sudan closed its border with Eritrea after the deployment of thousands of troops from the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) fighters to Kassala State.

On Thursday, Sudan admitted that the deployment of troops along the Eritrean border came as result of military threats from Eritrea and Egypt against the country.

Also, tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia flared up after talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) are stalled over how to deal with the impact of the $5 billion dam that could threaten Egypt’s lifeblood.

According to Reuters, a scheduled visit by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to Cairo on Monday was postponed for the second time.

In televised statements on Monday, al-Sisi said “Egypt will not fight its brothers ... I say these words as a message to our brothers in Sudan”.

“We are not willing to enter into war with our brothers or with anyone ... our peoples deserve every single penny,” he added.

“I say this to our brothers in Sudan and Ethiopia: Egypt doesn’t conspire. We don’t conspire, neither do we meddle in the internal affairs of anyone and we are very, very keen to have a very good relationship,” he further said.

The Egyptian President stressed the ultimate goal of his government is to construct and develop Egypt, saying they wouldn’t carry out any other objectives.

He further warned the Egyptian media against attacking Sudan.

“I hope the Egyptian media doesn’t use offensive language against Sudan or any other country no matter how much anger or pain they feel towards that country,” he said.

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  • 16 January 01:44, by Mayendit

    Egyptian president Abdel -Fattah al Sisi.

    The work for media is to report or drawing attention for something maybe citizens were not aware. Sudan’s government is very likely to build their own dam this is already have been started belief me. Sudan’s government would like to punish Egyptians people on water flown just like what Ethiopian did.If you done nothing guess what, Whit Nile will be block.

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    • 16 January 11:22, by Khent

      Mayendit

      Sudan already has multiple dams, so why would it be such a bad thing if Khartoum completed more dams? Do you suppose that the Nile belongs to Egypt and that we should all just be resigned to asking Egypt for permission to use our own water resources? Don’t let your partiality blind you to the crux of the issue here.

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  • 16 January 06:37, by Lenin Bull

    Sudan/Bashir thought that it is the only one who can bully weak neighbors around but what goes around comes around. Giant Egypt is now going to bully Sudan and Ethiopia on the issue of the precious waters of the Niles and this saga will last forever till Jesus returns leaving South Sudan and Eritrea to grow teeth, and horns for self defense.

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    • 16 January 07:42, by Khent

      Lenin

      South Sudanese must support Ethiopia’s right to benefit from the Nile but we have our own more pressing matters to attend to. It would be an absolute tragedy if Egypt were to succeed in thwarting Ethiopia’s right to feed its population, but we’re already experiencing precisely just that. I’m hopeful that this does not devolve into armed conflict.

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  • 16 January 06:44, by Lenin Bull

    This is what my able professor taught me in International Relations" International Anarchy." No one country controls international affairs and no one country absolutely powerful that it can bully the whole world now. Sudan and Ethiopia are nothing but bunch of greedy idiots that are interested in bullying Eritrea and South Sudan because of shameful past mistakes. Eritrea and SSudan are free foreve

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    • 16 January 07:18, by Eastern

      Egypt can’t even dare Ethiopia let alone adding the Sudan to it....Nile riparian countries MUST use the Nile water as its one of their natural endowments! Egypt has to look at its former colonial master/ally Britain for the mess it created by way of the 1929 Nile Water Agreement. If Kiir gives part of Dinka land to Egyptians by way of starting the Jonglei canal, so that Egypt fights for him.......

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      • 16 January 08:01, by Khent

        Eastern

        The Jonglei Canal is dead and buried and there is no way the Dinka would accept anything along the lines of what you mentioned. South Sudan really should try to diversify its economy after this war comes to a complete end but corruption must be tackled or we’ll forever be in this situation.

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      • 16 January 12:24, by South South

        Eastern,

        Kiir gave up the best part of life and took up gun to fight against injustice in Sudan. Jonglei Canal was one of them. Jonglei Canal would have terrible consequences on all communities in South Sudan and not Dinka alone, only people with very narrow minds would see Jonglei Canal as a Dinka problem. Egypt is 90 million people and they need water.

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        • 16 January 12:28, by South South

          The best way to go about Nile River is to have new agreement. The old one does not serve many countries on River Nile. Look to an agreement made between Sudan and Egypt in 1959, water is divided between two countries (Sudan and Egypt). This wicked country called Sudan is a part of this mess. I wish Egypt can invade them, would not cry if that happen.

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          • 16 January 12:42, by Khent

            South

            Don’t you think that it’s kind of cowardly to want someone else to defeat your enemy? I do (but I don’t) understand this new found love for those bastards in Egypt; don’t you remember how badly they treated our people in Egypt? I only care about Ethiopia here, but I also don’t want Egypt throwing its weight around in the region.

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            • 16 January 15:33, by South South

              Khent,

              I see you always have very mix feelings in everything. I am very clear and I stand very tall about what I believe. If you are smart you use elements of surprise to defeat your enemies. Right now, Egypt is my surprise element to defeat my enemies. Second, in war, you associate with a devil to defeat your enemies, get it very straight from me.

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    • 16 January 11:15, by Khent

      Lenin

      What on earth are you on about? This has absolutely nothing to do with South Sudan, at all. It’s clear to anybody capable of rational thought that Egypt is the one that’s being unreasonable and confrontational here. Now, Ethiopia will complete this dam, and Egypt should just come to terms with it.

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  • 16 January 10:13, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Egyptian president is a full politician rather than greedy Presidents of Ethiopia and Sudan.

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    • 16 January 11:08, by Khent

      So Ethiopia is being "greedy" because it wants to provide its citizenry with electricity, irrigation and municipal water? Egypt is apparently not being greedy when it insists that it (and it alone) has the right to fully exploit the Nile river. Egypt also has to stop trying to grow rice and cotton if it wants to be taken seriously.

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  • 16 January 17:05, by Habibi

    LMFAO

    It is so entertaining watching south sudanese folks here supporting Egypt. It is as if you guys don’t know where your interests are. Idiots, if Egypt manages to stop GERD then it will probably succeed in stopping you from building dams in your own country. Open your eyes and dont let your hate towards Sudan blind you

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    • 16 January 17:08, by Habibi

      We are dealing with a country that believes the Nile belongs to it and that everyone needs to seek permission to use it. A right given to them by britain when Africans were not independent. If you guys are happy to hand over your right to Egypt, go fot it. Sudan will not bow down and neither will Ethiopia.

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      • 16 January 17:14, by Habibi

        A war is very unlikely to happen. Seeing the current state of Sudan and Egypt, neither regimes can afford such an expensive war. A war is not just about beating an army, also the people in those countries will play a role for generations to come

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        • 16 January 20:50, by Eastern

          Tell these former KHARTOUM CONSERVANCY WORKERS! Tell them! After hiking lifts from Wau and Aweil atop a goods train to Khartoum, these idiots only have three words to bleat: WE LIBERATED YOU!

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          • 16 January 22:03, by South South

            Eastern,

            Coward people like you would not like three words " We Liberated You". You had never experienced struggle, but now your mouth is open and you want something big in South Sudan, this is the only reason you are crying everyday " Everyone in South Sudan is stakeholder", no. no, no, cowards will not be allowed to lead in our time.

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        • 18 January 14:32, by Khent

          Habibi

          The Egyptians are *pristine* representatives of people who they hate, so I doubt that this is actual support; this is just a product of (justified) hatred; a hatred informed by a century of slave raiding, land-theft, massacres, abrogated peace agreements and more. That’s all it is.

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          • 18 January 14:35, by Khent

            I’m going to be frank with you... Yes, this is hatred but it’s no different to what you’ve expressed. We bow down to no one...whether it was the Turks, the British or the Arabs; we prevented Egypt from completing the Jonglei canal — a project that would have produced disastrous ecological results for the entire region - primarily to Egypt’s benefit.

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            • 18 January 14:37, by Khent

              A war between Egypt and Sudan would not be "expensive" for Egypt, provided that Cairo just decides to deploy hundreds of its 4th generation jets and destroys every critical piece of infrastructure in Sudan; it would probably take them a week or so...

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              • 18 January 14:39, by Khent

                Egypt could quite successfully launch a ground invasion and acquire strategic territory — but this is territory that it would have a hard time retaining within reasonable costs in treasure and lives. That’s when it would be expensive and difficult.

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                • 18 January 14:45, by Khent

                  We’ve been opposed to Egypt’s water imperialism for decades when others were [until just recently] affirming Egypt’s absurd privileges under colonial era agreements. Egypt was opposed to our independence because it means that we’re not subject to any ridiculous colonial-era nonsense. That bullet-to-the-head deserving bellend (Salva Kiir) might disagree but I hope he dies.

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              • 20 January 17:13, by Habibi

                Egypt has been unable to defeat a few Sinai terrorist for years, yet you here stating that they can invade a country twice the size of Egypt with a $120+ billion GDP in a week? Egypt own GDP is around $280 billion, taking population into account the two countries are not far from each other economically. Sudan has embarked on a huge arm development plan

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                • 20 January 17:15, by Habibi

                  and even during a ground attack, it would be their army vs 40 milion people which will ’’definately’’ be expensive for Egypt, no question about it. Such a war will not take a day or 2, its gonna be years and years. If it was really that easy, Egypt wouldv’e done it ages ago when Sudan was at its weakest.

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            • 20 January 17:10, by Habibi

              lol at preventing jonglei canal, yet you all here trying to prevent Ethiopia from completing a dam and are supporting Egpt in the Nile waters knowing damn well that if they could, they wouldn’t let you use a litre of water in your own country lmao

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          • 20 January 17:08, by Habibi

            All I see is ass licking from south sudanese to egyptians because egyptians are against Sudan which is also hated by Souh Sudan. As a result, South Sudanese are ass licking Egyptians even if it meant stabbing themselves in the hand. not something surprising from a people who blame everything on the north and are happy to starve themselves just to hurt Sudan

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            • 20 January 17:17, by Habibi

              Sudan might not have an army that matches Egypt now, but there is no reason why it wouldn’t have one in the future. Either way as a South Sudanese I don’t think you have to worry abou any of this. I would focus on rebuilding your country which is surpassed by Somalia and feed halve your population. let Sudan and Ethiopia fight for your water rights agaisnt Egypt.

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              • 20 January 22:25, by Khent

                Habibi

                Terrorists are elusive, and are incredibly difficult to counter; the United States has been a witness to this fact since it declared the "war on terror". LOL at the idea that Egypt has to fight 40 million Sudanese; all it has to do is destroy the industrial base using its air force and ballistic missiles...

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                • 20 January 22:47, by Khent

                  ..Egypt could invade Sudan but it would be a needless and expensive undertaking. It’s air force alone force could achieve all it would need to in a week; Cairo would only need to target sites that pose a direct threat to its survival. These South Sudanese posters are just expressing hatred; a level of hatred that is tame in comparison to what you’ve expressed...

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                  • 20 January 22:54, by Khent

                    There’s no real love for Egypt, or any Arab country for that matter, so this is basically a knee-jerk response. I see Sudan surpassing Egypt only if something terrible takes place in Egypt, so I doubt that you’ll be fighting Egypt for yourself or anybody else. I’m really only concerned with my own affairs, and usually only respond when others talk smack about my people...

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                    • 20 January 23:00, by Khent

                      ..I’m hoping the war ends or significantly subsides this year, and if that happens, we’ll be able to recover. There is no military solution to the war in South Sudan, and all the parties to the conflict need to be made aware of that.

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                      • 20 January 23:27, by Khent

                        The unnecessary war has destroyed the economy; prior to the outbreak of conflict, South Sudan’s GDP was growing at 25-29% a year despite the endemic corruption and mis-allocation of funds. Sudan’s wars are now low-intensity and so it’s not surprising that the GDP stands at $118 billion. Egypt has a GDP of $332 billion.

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