S. Sudan, Ethiopia at diplomatic loggerheads, officials kicked out

Nov 30, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan and neighboring Ethiopia are locked in a diplomatic row over the recent visit of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to the Republic of South Sudan.

Speaking to Thessherald this morning in the capital, Addis Ababa, a South Sudanese diplomat made it clear that they had been given 72 hours to leave the country or risk being expelled from the embassy.

“Without following due process, the Prime Minister’s Office through the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has given us an ultimatum, informing us to leave the country within 72 hours or face immediate expulsion,“ said a South Sudanese official in an interview with Thessherald.

On Saturday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi paid a one-day visit to South Sudan. According to the Office of the President, the “two leaders agreed on the need to enhance mutual cooperation in areas of education, healthcare, media, energy, trade and investment, and infrastructural connectivity especially with respect to road and rail links.”

“On regional matters, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi commended South Sudan mediation of Sudanese conflict. President Sisi also explained Egypt’s position on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD),” the Office of the President said in a statement.

On his part, President Salva Kiir Mayardit underlined South Sudan’s position on the importance of dialogue in dealing with issues affecting regional stability.

For years, Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia have been unable to agree and resolve the GERD dispute despite numerous international attempts for a win-win solution in the region.

Ethiopian fighter jet shot down, 1 pilot captured alive

An Ethiopian pilot captured alive after the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front shot down his fighter jet |Photo: Via Twitter
An Ethiopian pilot captured alive after the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front shot down his fighter jet |Photo: Via Twitter

November 29, 2020 (Thessherald)–The leader of the rebellious forces in Ethiopia’s Tigray region told Reuters in a text message that his forces had shot down an Ethiopian military plane on Sunday and captured the pilot, a day after the government announced its military operation in the region was over.

Debretsion Gebremichael said in an exclusive interview with Reuters that the pilot “was on a mission to bomb”.

According to Reuters, there was no immediate comment from the Ethiopian government or military. The government has previously said it only bombs military targets.

Picture of a burning Ethiopian fighter jet shot down by the Tigray Defense Force |Photo: Via Twitter

On Sunday, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) announced that the ongoing fighting in the Tigray region is far from over. The defiant group accused Prime Minister Abiy of invading their ancestral birthplace.

Humanitarian situation in Mekelle

As the two sides continue to wage a deadly war at the expense of the civilian population, aid agencies, including the International Committee of the Red Cross, have warned that the situation in that region is extremely bleak, denouncing the overcrowding of hospitals with the wounded.

“The influx of wounded forced the hospital to suspend many other medical services so that limited staff and resources could be devoted to emergency medical care,” the ICRC said in a statement.

Since last week, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has rejected international calls for a peaceful dialogue, arguing that the ongoing violence in the region is an internal issue that should not be resolved at the international level.