3 September 2013

Sudan: Bashir and Kiir Say Oil Will Continue to Flow and Rebels Stopped

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

Khartoum — South Sudanese oil will continue to flow through the Sudanese pipeline and Juba will close its border to the rebel groups, presidents Omer Al-Bashir and Salva Kiir announced in Khartoum reaffirming their commitment to fully implement the Cooperation Agreement and to resolve Abyei and border issues.

Following the arrival of president Salva Kiir and his important delegation to Khartoum airport on Tuesday morning, the two leaders held immediately a series of meetings including a closed door encounter, a ritual they practice every time they need to send positive signals to their delegations.

The two presidents who were keen have smiling faces chaired a meeting at the Friendship Hall where they agreed to create a joint body headed by the two foreign ministers to coordinate the action of over 30 committees dealing with bilateral issues.

Also businessmen from the two countries signed the president of Sudan Employers' Federation and the president of South Sudan Chamber of Commerce and Labor.

Kiir before to head to the airport flanked with Bashir to take his plane back to Juba, met with the first vice-president Ali Osman Taha and the leaders of the Sudanese opposition forces.


The two presidents said this visit aims to open a new pages in the bilateral relations since the independence of the South Sudan.

They pledged to work together in a healthy atmosphere to settle the remaining issues particularly Abyei and border disputes zones.

However Kiir was keen to underline that his government demands the implementation of the African Union Peace and Security decisions on Abyei, alluding to the organization of a referendum without the participation of Misseriya nomads next October.

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