Ethiopian Envoy, S.Sudan vice President Discuss over ‘Common Concerns’

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s Ambassador to South Sudan, Nebil Mahadi, held discussion Taban Deng Gai, vice President and Chairman of Infrastructure cluster of South Sudan, over issues of common concern of the two countries, the ministry of Foreign affairs said on Friday.

During the discussion, the ambassador said, despite changes of governments, Ethiopia’s support to South Sudan has remained consistent.

This will continue to ensure peace implementation, infrastructural and economic linkages between the two neighborly nations, he added.

The ambassador has briefed the vice president about the situation in Tigray region and the ongoing humanitarian relief response – in which government support amounted up to more than 70%.

With regard to the GERD, he also expressed that it is a pan-African project and intended for power generation.
Affirming the fact of more than 65 million Ethiopians have no access to electric power, the ambassador said, Ethiopia is urging Egypt and Sudan to respect its sovereign right to use Nile water for current and future generations.
Taban Deng Gai, on his part, expounding the deep rooted and interrelated people-to-people good relation of the two countries, according to the Ministry.

The president said Ethiopia is a giant of the region and its peace is very vital to South Sudan and to the whole region as well.

“Stating his pleasure on that peace is being ensured in Tigray region and the Ethiopian government’s commitment in engagements of humanitarian and restorations of normalcy in the region, the vice president denounced those who try to exploit Ethiopia’s internal situation for their own political means at the expense of Ethiopians,” the ministry said.

The vice president also said the GERD, since it is the source of green energy, is believed not only to benefit Ethiopia but also the region.

He stated further Nile River-nature’s gift-is the resource of all the riparian states, more than enough for all and should be utilized among all the states in a way of not harming one another.

The vice president explained the importance of linking the region through road infrastructure, according to the ministry.