Following a closed door discussion in Juba on Monday, the Ministers of Interior of Sudan and of South Sudan signed an agreement to open up their borders for trade. The meeting was held as a follow-up to the Summit between President Al-Bashir and President Salve Kiir in Khartoum on September 3.
The agreement reached on Monday is a step towards implementing the September 2012 Cooperation Agreement that the two countries signed in Addis Ababa. The Cooperation Agreement provides for a free movement of goods and peoples between the two countries in a bid to improve their bilateral relations. It also permits citizens of each country to reside, work and own property in the other country. The agreement in Juba also provides for the cancellation of entry visa requirements for diplomatic, official and trade passport holders of either country.