AFRICANGLOBE – Egypt, which is currently suspended from the continental block of the African Union (AU,) has promised to send troops to the world’s newest nation, South Sudan, according to the News Agency of South Sudan (NASS).
This came after the regional block Intergovernmental Authority on Development IGAD decided to deploy troops to monitor the situation in South Sudan on Thursday, March 13.
Though IGAD expects the contribution of troops from member states, the president of the “Arab Republic of Egypt”, Adly al Mansour said his country is preparing to send troops to South Sudan in order to help protect the country from the chaos that resulted after the failed coup attempts staged by the former vice president Riek Machar Teny.
President Mansour made the announcement after the meeting with South Sudan’s Foreign Affairs Minister Dr, Barnaba Marial Benjamin who is in Egypt to attend the 141st Arab League Conference. East African states say they will start deploying troops in South Sudan by mid-April, heads of states met in Addis Ababa to discuss the size and mandate of a stabilization and protection force in the three-month old conflict.
A request to deploy the protection and stabilization force by mid-April has been sent to the African Union and the United Nations Security Council. The deployment, if approved, will be paid for by the international community. Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Burundi will send troops, and possibly Djibouti.
The African Union’s (AU) Peace and Security Council suspended Egypt from all union activities last July.
Mansour further appealed to the South Sudan government to bring about dialogue between Egypt and the other Nile basin countries “so that the benefits of the Nile water can equally satisfy the member countries.”
By: Neamin Ashenafi