September 24, 2013 (JUBA/KHARTOUM) – Sudan and South Sudan have signed an agreement for opening of trade borders between the two neighbouring countries.
- Sudanese Interior Minister Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid
The decision emerged after Monday’s closed door meeting between South Sudan interior minister Aleu Ayieny Aleu and his Sudanese counterpart, Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid in the capital, Juba.
The duo, the state-owned SSTV reported, also agreed on cancellation of the entry visa for holders of the diplomatic, official and trade passports from both countries.
Hamid, at a press conference held in Juba, said his visit to Juba was to follow-up on what was discussed during the 3 September Summit held in Khartoum between the leaders of the two countries.
The visit, he stressed, was to advance bilateral relations Sudan and South Sudan in regard to the free movement of goods and citizens across borders, as stipulated in the 27 September 2012 Cooperation Agreement signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The framework agreement allows citizens of both countries the freedom to move between the two nations, as well as reside, work, and own property in accordance with the laws and procedures in the two states.
Sudanese president, Omer Al-Bashir last month invited his South Sudan counterpart for a summit aimed at strengthening further ties between the two former war foes.
The Sudanese interior minister, however, told SUNA that the two countries also signed a number of agreements on customs and humanitarian work.
Hamid, who also met president Kiir, disclosed that governors from the bordering states the two Sudans will meet shortly to put the achieved agreements into action.