Ethiopia PM says his government is prepared to defend its neighbors in South Sudan

While facing accusations of human rights abuses, and a civil war in the neighboring South Sudan, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has pledged his support for a string of governments making a push for…

Ethiopia PM says his government is prepared to defend its neighbors in South Sudan

While facing accusations of human rights abuses, and a civil war in the neighboring South Sudan, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has pledged his support for a string of governments making a push for political change. At a weekend meeting with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, Abiy told Kiir that any Ethiopian soldiers deployed in South Sudan would be ready to defend their country and his government. “Ethiopia is ready to protect the people of South Sudan,” Abiy told reporters after the meeting in Juba. “Ethiopia is not an agent of foreign intervention in your country,” he added. Abiy’s pledge was reportedly in response to Kiir’s fears that Ethiopia would send its troops in to help protect Sudanese interests in South Sudan. South Sudan was plunged into civil war in 2013 when Kiir clashed with the rebel leader Riek Machar. A peace deal signed in 2015 has long been in tatters, while the civil war has spread to neighboring states. Many of those countries, including Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya, have sent troops to help the South Sudanese government counter rebel attacks and prevent the country’s oil fields from being used as safe havens.

Read the full story at Al Jazeera.

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