Addis Ababa (ANN )- Ethiopia and South Sudan are set to build a 220-km cross-border road, following a $738-million financial agreement signed in May 2023.

South Sudan’s Transitional National Legislative Assembly on Tuesday ratified the Ethiopia-South Sudan financial agreement to build a cross-border highway, the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Thursday.

The ministry said the project aims to enhance connectivity and bolster economic ties between the two neighboring countries, underscoring the growing cooperation and mutually beneficial relationship between Ethiopia and South Sudan.

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According to theeastafrican the financial agreement, Ethiopia will cover the cost of the road project.

The deal designates South Sudan as the borrower and Ethiopia as the financier, and the repayment involves crude oil from South Sudan to Ethiopia.

The construction of the road project will start upon the final authorisation by South Sudanese President Salva Kiir.

The road on the South Sudanese side will connect Paloich, Maiwut and Pagak to Ethiopia’s border areas.

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By Arraale M Jama Freelance Journalist and Human Rights activist.