Sept 29, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Ethiopian government has issued a chilling warning to South Sudan about its close diplomatic ties with the Egyptian government, an Ethiopian diplomat wrote on social media on Tuesday.
“South Sudan is playing with fire,” the Ethiopian official said in a brief statement in response to a post on social media.
Since June, South Sudan and Ethiopia have been locked in a diplomatic row over alleged reports that the Egyptian government asked South Sudan to allocate a plot of land for the Egyptian Armed Forces in Pagak, a claim that the South Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs refuted.
In 2014, the Government of South Sudan and the Egyptian government signed bilateral military cooperation in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
In 2019, the two countries reached a memorandum of understanding agreement on oil and gas – at the 2019 South Sudan Oil and Energy Conference.
In August this year, the Egyptian government opened a new medical facility in Juba – and was inaugurated by Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed and Head of General Intelligence Service Abbas Kamel.
In recent months, there has been intense tension between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), after Ethiopia announced that it had begun filling the GERD’s reservoir, without a legally binding agreement over the equitable allocation of the Nile’s waters.