On Aug 31, 2022
Addis Ababa, August 30, 2022 (FBC) – On behalf of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Minister of Defense Abraham Belay attended the South Sudanese United Army inauguration ceremony.
The minister expressed his delight that the forces were able to unite their armies today and create a national army while mentioning Ethiopia’s ongoing efforts to bring about a lasting peace in South Sudan.
He expressed his confidence that the parties who signed the peace pact in Addis Ababa in 2018 would continue to deepen their commitment and fully carry out the remaining provisions. He added that Ethiopia will continue to step up its support.
In their remarks, President Salva Kiir Mayardit and First Vice President Riek Machar recognized Ethiopia’s contribution to the process’ success.
At the graduation ceremony, leaders from Sudan and Uganda were joined by guests from other nations and regional and international organizations.