South Sudan denies allocating land to Egypt military

The Government of South Sudan today denies report of allocating land for Egypt military base.

Ambassador of South Sudan to Ethiopia James Morgan today told reporters in Addis Ababa that his country has not given a piece of land for Egypt to build military base in his country. “No any agreement has been reached whatsoever to allocate a piece of land for Egyptian military base…The information is share by a group who have interest to undermine the existing cooperation between the two countries,” he said.

He indicated the news circling on social media about South Sudan’s allocation of land to Egypt military is false. He stated that Ethiopia and Egypt are neighbors and South Sudan will not cooperate on something that leads the two countries to war. He also mentioned Ethiopia’s positive role to bring peace between South Sudan and the Government of Sudan. “…If any force intends to attack Ethiopia via South Sudan, it will first face the people of South Sudan,” he said.

He further stated that his country will play necessary role for the three countries (Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan) resolve their dispute over the Nile River involving the other Nile Basin countries.

Ambassador James Morgan also indicated that the dispute should be resolved through the mediation of the African Union, to the continental organization where all the Nile basin countries are members.