15 January 2013

South Sudan to Open a Consulate in Kosti

Khartoum — The Republic of South Sudan has officially begun taking arrangements for the establishment of a new consulate in Kosti, capital of White Nile state.

The consulate will care for South Sudan border trade, diplomatic interests and facilitate the services needed by the South Sudanese nationals in the state of White Nile which borders the South Sudanese state of Upper Nile.

A delegation composed of a number of South Sudanese diplomats in Khartoum visited Kosti city on Tuesday, to explore a number of sites for the establishment of the new consulate building.

The Sudanese river port town, links the north Sudan with the South Sudan through the White Nile. Before the secession people and goods crossed on daily basis between the two countries.

South Sudan is also considering, Sudan Tribune has learnt, the establishment of a consulate in the city of Port Sudan. However, its establishment depends on the resumption of oil pumping and the normalization of bilateral ties.

The two countries are expected to open 10 border crossing points in March of this year, after agreement on the mechanism for implementing the security arrangements that agreement signed on the 27th of September of the last year.

Delegations of the two countries, at the level of the joint political and security committee, are holding talks in Addis Ababa to discuss the establishment of a demilitarized zone and disengagement between the Government of Southern Sudan and the SPLM-North rebels.

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