South Sudan President Salva Kiir will be making a state visit to Khartoum later this month for talks with Sudan President Omer Al-Bashir over bilateral relations. South Sudan's Foreign Affairs Minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, is expected to travel to Khartoum for talks with his Sudan counterpart, Ali Ahmed Karti, next week to agree on the agenda and a date for the summit.
The Office of the President confirmed that President Kiir would visit Khartoum this month to discuss the implementation of the 11-month-old cooperation agreement between the two nations, which involves border security and claims over support to rebel groups, oil exports, citizenship and other issues. It is expected that the two leaders will also discuss how to resolve the impasse on the disputed status of the Abyei area, strengthening mechanisms to resolve other contested and claimed border areas. It will be President Kiir's second visit to Sudan since the independence of South Sudan.