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South Sudan president in Ethiopia for security talks


Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (L) greets the President of South Sudan Salva Kiir in Addis Ababa on January 5, 2013 - (AFP Photo)

February 23, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudan President Salva Kiir has arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa for talks on the implementation of border control and security cooperation deal signed last year.

On 28 October 2016, President Kiir and Ethiopian Hailemariam Desalegn signed a series of cooperation agreements on Friday, including a security arrangement to stop hosting armed opposition groups in their respective countries.

During his three day visit, the South Sudanese president will hold talks with the Ethiopian prime minister on Friday. Also, the two leaders are expected to sign a number of bilateral cooperation agreements including security issues in line with a memorandum of understanding signed last year.

Last October, the two leaders signed an agreement on border control and security cooperation but it seems that the implementation conditions had not been included in the deal.

“It will be something good for us, South Sudanese and Ethiopians, should these two leaders put into action what they will agree on. It’s our hope that the two agree on security issues. We don’t want any negative force to use another country’s territory to launch hostile activities on the other. Borders are really important to a country and having a good relationship with the bordering country is always the goal for both countries to progress together,” said Presidential Spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny.

"South Sudan- Ethiopia borders are not safe and this is what has prompted the two to meet,” Ateny further stressed.

“We have so many sectors that need the involvement of Ethiopians in our country and the Ethiopians in return have many sectors needing our involvement. For a country to excel, Mutuality is the key,” he added.

The Nuer in Ethiopia’s western region of Gambella, have kept their tribal links with the South Sudanese Nuer across the history.

Since the eruption of hostilities between the government army loyal to President Kiir and troops loyal to his former First Vice President Riek Machar in December 2013, many rebels crossed into the Ethiopian territory of Gambella where the South Sudanese army cannot hunt them.

Juba government was suspicious for the tolerance that Addis Ababa had shown towards the South Sudanese rebel presence in Gambella.

It further went to object the participation of Ethiopian soldiers in the regional protection force. However in November Kiir declared accepting their participation and pointed to the security deal signed with Desalegn.


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  • 23 February 2017 22:34, by barbayo

    Two countries interest , there will be no rebels between two countries Ethiopia and South Sudan

    • 24 February 2017 05:42, by South South

      President Kiir should ask Ethiopia government to hand over run away general called Thomas Carrillo. He is a criminal who stole SPLA money. He must be brought back to Juba to answer charges against him.

      • 24 February 2017 06:55, by Akuma

        All rebels offices in Ethiopia have been close that why Riek Machar and his allies

        • 24 February 2017 07:17, by thamukeng

          It is good move for the president of the Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit of being in Addis Ababa for the issues of security of two countries
          President is committed for peace but others officials are not committed for peace, they just committed for looting of Government money and civilians properties across the country.

          • 24 February 2017 07:23, by thamukeng

            Dear president, security talks not simple task you just struggle until you success in the name of omnipresent God.

        • 24 February 2017 09:45, by Midit Mitot

          Politics is like that, Kiir has been blind-fool by Ethiopian government for how long? IO office has not closed in Addis.

        • 24 February 2017 15:24, by jubaone

          Everybody is either out of the country, in the UN-PoCs or starving slowly in their luaks. There is nobody anymore in SS and Kiir is going to be left alone as president of a few skinny cows, flies and trees. He has then enough time to drink, dance and perhaps run naked if he wishes, afterall he is a jienge.

    • 25 February 2017 09:41, by Mayom County Troops

      let me hope this time there will be no rebels actives again where oil fields production will be start pumping oil very soon ?

  • 24 February 2017 07:32, by doot

    Security talks,it will deepened the security ties between two countries.

  • 24 February 2017 07:48, by hamil

    He is not there for security talks his being there is an invitation by the Ethiopian Gov’t to support the efforts to build a dam on the Nile. Remember Egypt has recently supplied South Sudan Gov’t with weapons in an effort to block Ethiopia’s efforts to build a dam. Egypt is not our closest neighbour but Ethiopia is South Sudan should be careful in dealing with such sensitive matters

  • 24 February 2017 07:52, by hamil

    If South Sudan decides to support Egypt, it will result to a rift with Ethiopia who would in turn decide to support South Sudanese rebels if our government decides to support Ethiopia I wonder what Egypt would do; ask for their weapons to be returned perhaps? We don’t benefit anything from Egypt but if Ethiopia builds the dam it will help South Sudan acquire electricity from Ethiopia.

    • 24 February 2017 10:35, by Tilo

      So now you have admit that Egypt is supplying and supporting the government of SS. Yesterday you were denying it when Bashir mentioned about it.
      God have mercy on them

      • 24 February 2017 12:43, by South South


        Please help me. Who admitted that Egypt has been supplying and supporting the government of South Sudan? Bashir is just a criminal wanted by ICC. But let me help you with this: South Sudan is a country and can seeks help with guns, money, food or anything it needs from earth to sky. Support from Uganda, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, devil, anyone are ok.

      • 24 February 2017 14:52, by hamil


        What did I deny yesterday did you see me posting anything in denial of the government getting ammunition supply from Egypt? Do you for one second think I support this rogue and tyranical regime of Salva Kiir?

  • 24 February 2017 08:28, by Cienzhiel Lual and Lul

    we ethiopian know your deal with egypt to distabilised our country,s grand renasiance dam project that we already defence don’t beg us just go and stand with egypt we will destruct you if you still agreeing with egypt

  • 24 February 2017 08:30, by Naath

    Dinka tribal gangs leader Kiir is begging countries to support his violence behavior, dictatorship tendency, money looting plan, and rapping vision. Kiir is the world most foolish, money hungry and power greedy tribal leader on the planet.

  • 24 February 2017 11:04, by Kush Natives

    Bet you Ethiopia! Always acts like Riek Machar is your son, because the guy "ruache ke thoknaath" now what bring this commitment to an Ethiopian government, while they were so well off? I can’t comprehend walai. I don’t understand sometimes, when other people called other people stupid! While, they are in double digits of the terms?___________

  • 24 February 2017 12:01, by Gbu Na Baranya A Renya Lugor

    Let him not waste tax payers’ money for travels, instead he should focus on how to solve internal conflicts not border issues. We have no conflicts with other countries in the neighborhood that has led to high inflation, insecurity, guns in wrong hands, intimidation,fleeing to camps.

  • 24 February 2017 12:03, by Gbu Na Baranya A Renya Lugor

    Let him not waste tax payers’ money for travels, instead he should focus on how to solve internal conflicts not border issues. We have no conflicts with other countries in the neighborhood that has led to high inflation, insecurity, guns in wrong hands, intimidation,fleeing to camps.

  • 24 February 2017 13:21, by Fair Man

    Kiir has left to look some soft loans from Ethiopia to clear million of dollars in debts to crown Taban D’s followers. They were expelled from hotel due to unsettled bills. And still they claim they can survive as a Government in the next 6 months. I highly doubt. Should he fail to get loan, he may commit suit anytime.

  • 24 February 2017 20:53, by Work force

    Kiir is acting like public prostitute running to Uganda,Sudan, Ethiopia,Kenya,Congo and Egypt while using the rebels from Sudan, SPLM-N,M23 rebel Congo,UPDF,Kenyan and Egypt soldiers to fight the strong and qualified fighters of IO and yet they have been defeated in several front-lines what a shame Mr.President give South Sudanese their right to select a president of their interest

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