Sudan, South Sudan to Reopen Borders After 11 Years

Sudan and South Sudan have agreed to open their borders after 11 years, writes Garang A. Malak for The Nation. This was announced after a meeting between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok according to President Kiir's office.

According to a press statement seen by Nation.Africa at the weekend, the diplomatic meeting convened in Juba also resolved the re-opening of water transport. During Omar Bashir's regime, South Sudan and Sudan closed much of the 2,000 borders in 2011 - hitting traders and communities on both sides of the disputed line.

The borders were closed in 2011 when relations deteriorated after the south seceded following a long civil war, taking with it three quarters of the country's oil.

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Left: South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit. Right: Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok of Sudan.

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