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S. Sudan vows commitment to strengthen relations 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)

April 2, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudan on Sunday pledged commitment to building up economic and security cooperation with the neighbouring Sudan from which it seceded in 2011.

Salva Kiir’s presidential adviser on decentralisation and intergovernmental linkage has lauded the rapid development in the ties between the two countries, saying improved and sustained bilateral cooperation not only benefits the two peoples but also contributes to consolidate the regional peace and stability.

In an interview with Sudan Tribune, Tor Deng Mawien said the two countries have to maintain close high-level contacts and strengthen coordination on international and regional affairs, to lift bilateral ties to new heights.

He suggested that the two countries should enhance defence and security cooperation and push forward the building of the economic and development in an orderly manner.

Juba and Khartoum have agreed four years ago in September 2012 to coordinate efforts on economic and security issues and to settle border disputed areas, but the two capitals continued to trade accusation of support to rebel groups.

Next week, the head of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) is awaited in Khartoum to discuss the outstanding issues with the Sudanese officials.

Despite the persisting divergences, Khartoum has vowed to support regional efforts to end the three-year crisis in the South Sudan. Also, it has opened its border to transport humanitarian assistance to civilians in the war affected areas.

The presidential aide said the young country views the relations with Sudan as the cornerstone of its foreign policy and its army will always be a staunch supporter of bilateral friendship.

“We were citizens of one country. We were brothers and sisters. We share a lot of issues between us why can we continue to relate on this basis? Why can we ensure the smooth continuation of the friendly relationship between armed forces of the two countries to resolutely safeguard our security?”

(ST)

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  • 2 April 23:19, by engatuny

    Mybe a promising discussion but I am skeptical although I stand corrected!
    Lauding rapid dev’t on security & economic ties with boarder issues unresolved and habouring each states hostile groups is not a solution, not sure whether its not shooting own foot!
    Sudan & Egypt may be buying into decision on the nile waters; they will want to tap into the economic hardships of south sudan to go through.

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  • 3 April 01:05, by john akeen

    Well a lot of a crackhead people like that HIV gay ass name Eyez talking about tribalism in the country and not trying talking about peace, so we can be focus on where we should go. You rebels need to stop focusing on president Kiir or focusing on Dinka instate of focusing on Sudan , we need to focus on the world politics. We need to be a great country in Africa continent, if we try our best

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    • 3 April 08:32, by Eyez

      John Meskin
      If I’m gay and HIV positive it’s because I fucked your virus ridden ass without a condom. You must be a real faggot and think everyone is like you. We know that you Jienge spend most of your lives naked looking after cows in the fields and sodomising each other. But, for us Equatorians, we start fucking girls before we can even spell our names, ya kawal ariyan Jienge ita!
      X1

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      • 3 April 09:40, by Kush Natives

        Yes, the borders issue is a parts of the post pending issues. Therefore, the relationships between these two sisters countries is crucially needed. But, one thing that will keeps exaggerating things is the border demarcation. I don’t think both two countries are comfortable living without a clear border b/n them. I will agree more, if the border is clearly demarcated, but now, NO

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      • 3 April 19:21, by john akeen

        Eyez
        Your alcoholic mind and your crackhead mind and your tribalism mind will never take you anywhere. You need to stop using thoes things so that way you can speak professionally. So you talking about you want war ok if you do want it why don’t you go and declare that to the UN, IGAD, AU and the hall world that you do want war not peace and stop denying things. You crackhead horny dirty pussy

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  • 3 April 14:48, by Adok son

    We are tied of the repeated word "VOW" which is always express by Salva kille, while there is no real truth in his(salva) heart,but just for begging loyalty from Basheir so that there might be no space for rebels to restore stability in the areas around the borders. Uh! Juba’s regime, you are known by the world that your strikes based on decieve and explore donation of currencies illegally

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