Sun, 12 Jul 2020

JUBA, June 4 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan on Thursday denied recent allegations that Juba agreed to offer the Egyptian military base in the Pagak area of northern Upper Nile bordering Ethiopia.

"The ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation hereby denies in the strongest terms possible, the information which has been circulated in the social media that the government of South Sudan has agreed to Egyptian request to build a military base in Pagak," it said in a statement issued in Juba.

This came in the wake of media reports on Tuesday alleging that Juba will host the Egyptian military in Pagak area, which used to be the headquarters of the then rebel group Sudan People's Liberation Army-in opposition (SPLA-IO) led by Riek Machar, who is now First Vice President in the transitional unity government.

"There is nothing of that kind, no agreement has been reached whatsoever to allocate a piece of land for Egyptian military base in the territory of the Republic of South Sudan,"

Egypt and Ethiopia are in dispute over Addis Ababa's construction of the 6,000-MW Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Cairo fears that the GERD's construction on the Blue Nile in northern Ethiopian highlands will disrupt Egypt's share of the Nile's water.

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