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Unraveling the tension between Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Egypt

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Tomori,NCMP – Since the first visit by an Egyptian president to South Sudan, to discuss regional security and the usage of Nile waters, there are been tension in the region. Though El-Sisi didn’t mention the country currently at the heart of either issue, Ethiopia. But it is obvious that there is no discussion that both presidents can have without discussing Ethiopia.

A critical examination of this delicate but also dicy issue shows also that there is an indication that there is a link between the Ethiopian ambassador to South Sudan, Fisseha Shawl, who left Juba in an abrupt decision, and the El-Sisi visit, the Ethiopian ambassador to South Sudan left the capital Juba on Saturday in an abrupt decision to protest reported presence of the leader of Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), Debretsion Gebremichael, in Juba.

TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael used to be one of the most powerful Tigray in federal politics. Now he’s at war with Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and there’s a warrant out for his arrest.

As federal troops march on the Tigray regional capital, Mekele, it’s been unclear for days whether the leader of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, Debretsion Gebremichael, is still in the city.

Debretsion has said his forces are “ready to die” defending the right to run Tigray, one of Ethiopia’s ten administrative regions based on ethnic lines.

It is also worthy of note that since the beginning of the Ethiopian offensive again the TPLF forces, there has been an alarming demand for the South Sudanese Pounds(SSP).

All this calls for caution on the part of the South Sudanese government.

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