BORDERS, S. Sudan, Sudan to resume trade

By Kidega Livingstone

South Sudan and Sudan have agreed to reopen all roads linking the two countries to boost trade.

The borders linking the two countries were closed by former Sudanese President Omer El-Bashir in 2012 following the clashes over oil rich area of Heglig.

Also other major roads leading to South Sudan were subsequently closed amidst the Sudanese political crisis following the ouster of El-Bashir.

On Monday, the two countries agreed to reopen the roads in October this year, according to General Majak Akech, the Inspector General of South Sudan Police Service.

He made the disclosure after he signed a Memorandum of Understanding with his Sudanese counterpart General Adil Mohamed Ahmed in Juba on Monday.

The agreement will reportedly focus on training of South Sudan police forces by the Sudanese police.

“I thank you all for the signing of the agreement that we signed today (on Monday) this will give brotherhood spirit between us and Sudan,” said Gen. Akech.

“We have signed the agreement that will benefit the citizens of the two countries because we are preparing to reopen the roads between Sudan and South Sudan by October this year,” he added.

He emphasized that they were ready to serve the nation and to make sure that everything is possible for the benefit of the two countries

“This agreement is not only about police and training it’s about all the bilateral relations between the two countries. Our door is open for all Sudanese in South Sudan. We shall go to Sudan and discuss the issues,” said Gen. Akech.

On his part, the Sudan Police Forces Director General Adil Mohamed Ahmed said that the special committees and Sudan have reached the agreement concerning cooperation between the Ministries of Interior of the two countries.

“It was a successful visit where we signed the memorandum of understanding for that concerned challenges facing the police in the two countries,” Mohamed added.

He said the two countries will address all the issues highlighted in the agreement.

“We promise to be part of the Sudanese people in all the times as well as serving them,” he added.

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