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Ethiopia stood with South Sudan in “dark days”, says Taban Deng Gai

Addis Ababa, March 6, 2024 (FBC) – The Vice President for Infrastructure Cluster of South Sudan, Taban Deng Gai, applauded the Ethiopians for their contribution towards South Sudan’s independence.

Taban Deng Gai made the the statement at the celebration of the Adwa Victory Day in Juba.

Speaking during an event organized by the Ethiopian Embassy in Juba to mark 128th Adwa Victory Day, Taban said the Ethiopian people had helped the South Sudanese fight for freedom.

He added that during the struggle, the government of Ethiopia continued to share resources with the Southerners to ensure that they were free. Ethiopia stood with South Sudan in “dark days”, he said.

“The Ethiopians did not stop by sharing the little resources they have so that we could liberate ourselves, but they also helped in negotiating the CPA,” he said.

City Review quoted Taban as saying: “the agreement that resulted in peace in Sudan and independence in South Sudan was engineered in Ethiopia.”

The Ethiopian Ambassador to South Sudan, Nebil Mahdi, said the day was special for Africa and that many countries in the world reflect on their fight for freedom.

“The significance of the victory of Adwa extends beyond Ethiopian independence; it serves as a symbol of hope for African nations that were struggling under colonial rule and as an inspiration for the Liberation Movement across the continent,” he said.

He reiterated that the days remain important for the people and the world, which is why the world has to get together to celebrate with the people of Ethiopia.

He stated that the Adwa Legacy continues to mobilize the message of justice, sovereignty, and unity in Africa

“Our principle stands for respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our neighbours, including Somalia, as proven by our history of diplomatic ties in the region,” he said.

The ambassador mentioned that the relationships between South Sudan and Ethiopia continue to be smooth as they both continue to share a lot in all aspects.

“Ethiopia and South Sudan enjoy strong bilateral relations and a good neighborhood; our ties extend beyond mere economic relations; our histories are deeply intertwined; it is imperative for us to collaborate and share challenges,” he said.

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