South Sudan’s cabinet approves defense cooperation deal with Ethiopia

South Sudan’s cabinet approves defense cooperation deal with Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, July 31, 2017 (FBC) – South Sudan’s cabinet on Friday approved a military cooperation deal signed with neighboring Ethiopia, saying the defense pact will be developed into a series of agreements between the two countries.

“It is an agreement or a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will be developed into a series of agreements between the two ministries of defense for corporation in all aspects of defense, Information Minister, Michael Makuei said after the cabinet meeting.

Makuei pointed out that the cabinet approved the military cooperation agreement presented by defense minister Kuol Manyang.

In October 2016, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir signed a series of cooperation agreements, including a security and military arrangement to stop hosting armed opposition groups in their respective countries.

Ethiopia led the mediation of the peace process between Kiir and Machar which was signed in August 2015, but its implementation was disrupted by the resumption of war between the two groups in July 2016 in the capital Juba.