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President Kiir says ready to open "a new page" with Sudan

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Sudan's Omar al-Bashir shares a moment with South Sudan's Salva Kiir in Equatoria Guinea, November 23, 2016 (AP)
November 25, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has vowed to “cut loose the shackles of the past", and to work together with his Sudanese counterpart Omer al-Bashir to improve bilateral relations for the benefit of the people in both countries.

In a meeting held Wednesday on the sidelines of the 4th Africa-Arab Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Bashir and Kiir agreed to implement the security arrangements and to expel rebel groups in the two countries.

The encounter comes after several announced and secret meetings between officials from two countries over security matters and disputed border areas between the two countries during the past months.

A minister at the South Sudanese presidency said that President Kiir, is resolved to work for mutual benefits with neighbouring Sudan from which the new country seceded in 2011 after a referendum vote.

Upon Kiir’s return from Equatorial Guinea Thursday, Minister Mayiik Ayii Deng who accompanied him told the state owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation that people in the two countries are one people.

“The president is serious. He wants to open a new page with Sudan because we should keep in mind that one can choose his friends or enemies but not neighbours and the reality is we want to have good relationship with our neighbours. So, we have to be prepared for it,” said Deng.

He added that the meeting of the two presidents agreed to form a committee to implement the outcome of the meeting to “begin a new chapter of relations between the two countries" .

During Malabo meeting, the two presidents agreed to establish a hot line in order to communicate and resolve any issue that might hamper the work of the committees.

Ethiopian officials said rebel leader Riek Machar had attempted to enter into Sudan before to travel to Addis Ababa in abide to join the headquarters of his troops in Pagak, South Sudan, near the Ethiopian border.

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  • 26 November 2016 06:28, by Eastern

    ...he better does that the soonest to save his butts....

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  • 26 November 2016 07:26, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    I highly doubt if Kiir is sincere. He is just lying and fear that Khartoum can get him down to his knees.

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  • 26 November 2016 07:31, by Naath

    World foolish tribal chief, he has broken thousands of agreement with Sudan. How he is going to succeed working with Sudan this time around? You need to go to Sudan without hat on your head this time so people can see your face clearly. Sudan should make this a requirement.

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  • 26 November 2016 08:20, by Independent Thinker

    ’’President Kiir says ready to open ’’a new page’’ with Sudan’’ I cannot trust Kiir only I can trust prostitute rather than Kiir in South Sudan. Yes means no, no means yes according to Kiir

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  • 26 November 2016 08:47, by ThaGoblin

    Kir speaks as if he has his options open. In reality he’s a step away from falling off a cliff of chaos. South sudan’s major source of income won’t function unless he cooperates. If he makes any wrong move sudan has all the cards in its hands.

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  • 26 November 2016 09:26, by De Maybe

    Being negative all the time potrays low level of intelligence. if you can not beat them, JOIN them, Kiir is playing long term economical benefit, politics is interest. however much you hate someone or something, in politics interest comes first. people who talk ill when appointed or employed by government becomes worst.

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