The authorities of South Sudan provided Egypt with the opportunity to build a military base on its territory, near the construction of the Ethiopian Renaissance dam. It is reported by the Arab edition of Arabic Defense.
The South Sudanese government approved Egypt’s request for a military base in Pagak, a former opposition stronghold located in the Maywoot region of Upper Nile State. The base contingent will include hundreds of Egyptian soldiers, which, apparently, is the Egyptians' clear readiness for all the surprises associated with the construction of a huge dam by Ethiopia. The military facility of the Egyptian army may become the site of a possible strike on the adjacent territory.
An official from South Sudan said on condition of anonymity:
The Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the People’s Defense Forces agreed to allot land to our Egyptian brothers, who asked for a piece of land in eastern South Sudan to deploy their military forces there.
The source added that Egypt remains the only country in Africa that has supported South Sudan since it gained independence. Egyptian authorities continue to assist Sudanese.
Egypt initially opposed the construction of a dam by Ethiopia. The project to launch a dam on the Blue Nile has been implemented since 2012. According to some experts, the functioning of the dam can lead to water shortages in Egypt and South Sudan, which are located downstream of the river. Interested countries held several dozen meetings to resolve the problem, but a visible result has not yet been achieved.