Ethiopia, Eritrea Leaders Pay Secret Visit to South Sudan

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JUBA (Somaliguardian) – The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea made an unannounced visit to South Sudan’s capital on Saturday for talks with the president of the war-ravaged Horn of Africa country amid the stay of Egyptian leader in Sudan.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean long-time ruler Isaias Afwerki, whose forces are fighting Tigrayan rebels in northern Ethiopia and had been deployed to the Ethiopian border with Sudan where tensions continue to grow, arrived in Juba to meet South Sudan’s leader over issues including forming alliance against Egypt and Sudan.

During an undisclosed one-day visit, the leaders discussed border conflict between Ethiopia and Sudan, and dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

The visit came amid talks between Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and the head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan over Red Sea security, clashes between Sudanese and Ethiopian forces on the disputed Fashaqa border area and a dam Ethiopia is constructing on the Blue Nile River.

Egypt’s leader expressed support for Sudanese military operations that saw Ethiopian militias and troops driven from a number of agricultural settlements in the disputed land on Sudan’s border with northern Ethiopia.

Speaking to media, Egyptian president’s spokesman said “Sudan’s security is an integral part of Egypt’s security” and that Sudanese authorities have right to recover areas inside their border which are currently outside their control.

Analysts believe that the parallel visits to Juba and Khartoum could further ignite hostilities and conflicts between countries in the region.

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