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South Sudan supports lifting of U.S. sanctions on Sudan

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Sudan's deputy PM Mubarak al-Mahdi shakes hands with South Sudan President's adviser in Khartoum on 20 Sept 2017 (SUNA Photo)
September 22, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government said Friday it has agreed to work together with the Sudanese government to secure the lifting of U.S. sanctions imposed on Khartoum.

“As the delegation sent by his Excellency the President of the Republic, Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit, we went and delivered the message of cooperation and assurance of our full commitment to implementing the 2012 cooperation," Presidential Adviser on Security Affairs, Tut Kew Gatluak told Sudan Tribune when reached on Friday.

"The agreement encourages the two countries to work together to enhance relations and achieve the mutual benefit and create an atmosphere that foster viability of the two countries working side by side in pursuit of mutual interests,” he added.

The presidential aide who returned to Juba from Khartoum said Sudanese government was ready to receive President Kiir anytime so that the two leaders can now go and approve the work of technical committees on how the two countries work together to resolve the number of issues requiring their attention.

Gatluak said Sudanese government had agreed to help the young nation increase oil production and open all border crossing points to improve the flow of goods and trade and to settle outstanding debts.

“We have agreed as two countries to make sure that we work together in line with the cooperation agreement signed in 2012 and to make sure that the sanctions are lifted for the benefits of our people. This is what the 2012 agreement requires of the two countries. It is not a new agreement,” he explains.

Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth said the two countries have agreed to increase oil production from the Unity State in South Sudan and allow the flow of 54 new kinds of goods.

Observers say the bilateral talks between the two countries being convened a month before the U.S. decides on 12 October whether to lift the sanctions imposed on Sudan two decades ago, would give Sudanese government to advance its efforts seeking the lifting of sanctions.

However, others are sceptical saying Juba now contrary to the first years of the independence has poor relations with Washington has also imposed individual sanctions on senior South Sudan officials over alleged responsibility for the continuation of the war in the new-born state.

In December 2016, Sudan and South Sudan extended an oil transit agreement for another three years. In January 2016 Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir had ordered a review into the transit fees of oil following a request by South Sudan after a sharp decline in international oil prices. Sudan lost 75 percent of its oil revenues after the separation of South Sudan in 2011.

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  • 23 September 03:11, by Kush Natives

    Ah ah ah ah ah! That’s really funny to see an individual from South Sudan speaking on behalf of others. Sudan is robbing you with an oil and you folks pretending like nothing happening. Why are we so fools like this? I am done here!

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    • 23 September 07:25, by Eastern

      Kush Natives,

      You didn’t know that you dinka are this foolish...! Kiir’s tribal regime has been all along hoodwinking the masses in the country that all the problems in the country are caused by KHARTOUM REGIME. Jalaba did this and Jalaba is doing that....Now they Kiir is seeking RAPPROCHEMENT ahead of his visit to Khartoum. Foolish cattle camp leaders and their ignorant followers....

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      • 23 September 08:28, by Kush Natives

        Eastern,
        I am still not surprised that some fools amongst us here in South Sudan doesn’t know the meaning of the country. How would you discredit this stupid statement from the government as a Dinka? Why are you always commenting here, if you’re not a South Sudanese? Digging a cassava roots become an another colonization in part of South Sudan. This statement from the government should be treat as

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        • 23 September 08:30, by Kush Natives

          Con_ nationalism rather then pointing fingers at Dinka as a tribe. What a lost lam are you Eastern!

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          • 23 September 08:58, by Eastern

            Kiir’s government is a dinka government but South Sudan is a country for more than 60 tribes....Next question..?

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            • 23 September 09:25, by jubaone

              Eastern,
              Jienge sellouts and Nuer nyagateen are again bowing to their jellaba Masters like humble starving dogs. What else can you expect? As Equatorians, we look for our own destiny and mobilize our people for an Equatoria Free State. Yes, we can. The earlier the better. These tailless monkeys are just a disgrace.

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  • 23 September 04:59, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Is this a surprise? Basically the government in juba is not different in deeds with the government in Khartoum. A replica of Khartoum system of leadership is now settled in our homeland. It is therefore a duty of every patriot to change the political trend Juba1 has taken.

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  • 23 September 07:36, by Deng Marham

    Guys, this is a normal practice by sisterly countries of supporting each other morally, financially and materially. it couldn,t be taken as a suppraise.

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    • 23 September 07:46, by Eastern

      Deng Marham,

      The negative rhetoric and scorn poured by Kiir’s regime on the Khartoum regime doesn’t bode well on sisterly relationship you are struggling to refer to here. Kiir’s arrogance and belligerent attitude even took South Sudan to fight the Sudan and continued to support Sudanese rebels. The tribal arrogance should be confined to the cattle camp if South Sudan is to progress...!

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      • 23 September 09:00, by Deng Marham

        Let us love ourselves, our country and feel that our country is better politically, socially & economically (chavenism). let us have wathania in our hearts.

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        • 23 September 12:37, by Eastern

          Deng Marham,

          Wathania or Nationalism (or patriotism) was squeezed out of some South Sudanese thanks to Kiir’s misrule where he only looks at national issues through JCE lenses and the dinka people are comfortable with that.....!

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      • 23 September 12:36, by Khent

        Eastern

        Are you really of the view that Juba is the aggressor here? That Juba initiated support for rebels? That Juba is solely or primarily responsible for the state of relations? Declare that as your position right here, right now and witness the deconstruction of your ignorant and naive conclusion.

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        • 23 September 12:36, by Khent

          I hope you realise that it was Khartoum that initiated support for rebels across ths Greater Sudan border years before Juba reciprocated. Khartoum supported at least three [3] different rebel groups in South Sudan in 2009 before we responded in kind in 2011. Sudan still occupies Kafia Kingi against international law...

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          • 23 September 12:38, by Khent

            The imbeciles in Juba all deserve to be forced to face the wall and shot for being so unforgivably soft with Khartoum. Instead of laying the ground work politically, economically and militarily to reclaim the Nation size territories that Khartoum occupies, the idiots spark a devastating civil war that further weakens them.

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            • 23 September 13:04, by Eastern

              Khent,

              Just step aside, the stationary target in Juba is getting locked on...Kiir refused to append signature on the ARCISS, it was taken to him for his signature in Juba..Machar was forced by the West to Juba where Kiir humiliated him and some few female Western aid workers. If the Juba regime is made up of imbecile or philosophers is not for me to judge...

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              • 23 September 13:29, by Khent

                Eastern

                I need you to pay attention if you and I are to have an actual discussion here. I asked you if you really thought that Juba initiated support for rebels across the Greater Sudan border because you seem to be arguing that Khartoum was somehow provoked by Juba’ support for rebels as if Khartoum did not start it all.

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                • 23 September 15:04, by Eastern

                  Khent,

                  Following the fiasco of New Sudan, Kiir was left with the burden of folks from southern Sudan (Nuba Mts. southern Blue Nile, etc) to deal with..What Kiir chose to do was support them militarily to realise what Khartoum couldn’t give them politically (popular consultations, etc). Kiir and cohorts thoughts by supporting SPLM-N militarily (aggression) ,Khartoum would budge..

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                  • 23 September 16:02, by Khent

                    Eastern

                    That is a wholly inadequate response. It simply will not do. How many times must you be told that Khartoum supported various rebel groups in South Sudan at least a full year before the war in Kordofan and Blue Nile broke out? Juba merely reciprocated...

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                    • 23 September 16:03, by Khent

                      Former rebels like the now defunct South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army (SSDM/A), the SSDM/A-Cobra faction and the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA) admitted that they received military assistance from Khartoum before they were integrated into the SPLA. This happened before wars broke out in Kordofan and Blue Nile. Khartoum also supported the LRA in 2006 against South Sudan.

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                      • 23 September 16:36, by Eastern

                        Khent,

                        From 1983 up to July 9, 2011, the hierarchy of SPLA/SPLM remained MORE OR LESS the same. Any group that emerge fighting Khartoum regime after the defunct 1997 KPA are disgruntled southern Sudanese and therefore they are the baggage of SPLA/SPLM - these fighting groups are PREDOMINANTLY southern Sudanese tribes not what we have now in the SPLA-N factions

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                        • 23 September 17:18, by Khent

                          Eastern

                          Mate, just stop trying to pretend that you have an argument here. Khartoum (not Juba) is the aggressor and so your assertion that Juba initiated anything is dismissed.

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  • 23 September 13:12, by Eastern

    Khent,

    Yes, the Juba establishment is the aggressor - encouraging his comrade in arm to EXPAND his influence to Pagak even when he DECLARED ceasefire and national dialogue..!

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