South Sudan has announced that President Salva Kiir Mayardit will pay an official working visit to the Sudan capital Khartoum for bilateral talks with President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir on Tuesday (September 3).
A statement from Khartoum welcomed "the "important visit" of President Kiir, expressing hope that it would speed up the implementation of the cooperation agreements and resolve pending issues in a way to lay the foundation for solid strategic relations between the neighboring countries.
A South Sudan foreign affairs spokesperson said the issue of Abyei and the need to clarify the conditions attached to the full flow of oil between the countries would likely dominate the discussions. The visit takes place three days before the deadline of September 6 that Khartoum announced for an end to oil exports. President Kiir will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Barnaba Marial, and the Minister of Petroleum and Mining, Stephn Dhieu Dau, among others.