2 September 2013

South Sudan: Officials Hopeful for Positive Outcome to Bashir-Kiir Talks

Photo: Charlton Doki/IPS
Oil storage facilities at Bentiu, Unity State, South Sudan.

Khartoum — Sudanese and South Sudanese officials expected that the summit between the two presidents Omer Al-Bashir and Salva Kiir would yield positive results, stressing on the political will of both sides.

President Kiir is to arrive Tuesday at Khartoum airport where he will be received by President Bashir. Following the welcoming ceremony the two sides will kick off official talks at the Friendship Hall to discuss bilateral relations and common interests between the two countries including oil, security, trade and investment.

Undersecretaries at the foreign ministries of the two countries, Rahamtalla Mohamed Osman, and Charles Manyang held a last meeting in Khartoum on Monday where they finalized the preparations of the visit.

Osman told reports following the meeting that the political will of the both sides to overcome the existing issues would strengthen bilateral relations, and he expected that the two leaders would move to "language of common interests".

He further pointed to the existence of consensus on all the issues raised during the meetings with his South Sudanese counterpart, adding that the participation of businessmen from the two countries in the talks is an important step reflecting a genuine desire to communicate in the field of economic and trade.

Manyang, for his part, ruled out that the issue of Abyei hinders the talks between the two leaders, although it tops the agenda of the discussions .

"As diplomats we do not speak about the obstacles and we work to overcome it. Our goal is to find an appropriate solution satisfactory to both parties ., he told reporters."

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