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S. Sudan explores water transport to boost trade with Sudan


October 4, 2017 (JUBA) – War-torn South Sudan announced on Wednesday that it has entered into negotiations with neighboring Sudan to utilize water transport in order to boost trade between the two countries.

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Map showing the lcoation of the contested Abyei region in relation to Sudan and South Sudan

South Sudan’s trade minister, Moses Hassan Tiel, said the Nile River s is the main trade route between Juba and Khartoum, which also links South Sudan’s capital, Juba to the Sudanese border town of Kosti.

According to the trade minister, re-opening of river transport with Sudan would reduce the cost of doing business in the young nation.

"River transport between Sudan and South Sudan is the most viable route of transport and it is the cheapest mode of transportation between the two countries," the minister told reporters in Juba.

In 2012, Sudan halted river transportation between it and South Sudan in the aftermath of the latter’s independence in July 2011.

Bilateral relations between South Sudan and Sudan were officially started on 9 July 2011 following the former’s independence from the latter. Sudan became the first country in the world to recognize the independence of South Sudan.

Since South Sudan’s independence, however, relations between the two neighbouring nations have been poor and frantic.


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  • 5 October 12:52, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    "Sudan became the first country in the world 🌍 to recognise the independent of the South Sudan"! we should not be celebrating the split of the country since Sudan was our originally, why should it becomes one’s to recognise it’s independent? Anyway mistake are human,he who wrote this has not critically give it a good 💭 thought, 💦 water way as the main of transport, how will you control intrude

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    • 5 October 12:57, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      How could you control intruders from hacking this 💦 waterways? Will there be water ways forces to patrol this?
      Intruders are everywhere in and on waters,

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      • 6 October 01:09, by Kuch

        Don-Don Malith Rual,
        Our Nile waters is coveted by some evils---your so-called israel, Egypt, North Sudan & some of their criminals in between. Some of our Nuers foolishness & some of our Equatorian, Shilluks & Fertits usual games against the South Sudanese people is what is being played around fool. If we really want to be with your so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan on Nile, then why did>>>

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        • 6 October 01:20, by Kuch

          we the (SPLM/A) took up arms to get rid of these vermins out of our country? Mr. Don-Don Malith Rual, don’t just comment simply because you want to comment on this SUDAN TRIBUNE. Many South Sudanese fools & even our enemies who have been using these SUDAN TRIBUNE & RADIO TAMZUJ against our country & our people ever. Some of you fools do not know how much our country is being Geo-politically>>>

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          • 6 October 01:28, by Kuch

            football played around. This is simply because our country has been found out by our enemies as a country of fools to toy around with. And some of our ’Nuer ke Nyantoc & some of our Equatorians have shown how foolish our people are’. And some of you fellows from Rumbek (Agar Dinka/Jieng) are not as different as ’our Nuers ke Nyantoc’ what are you fellows often fight after>>>

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            • 6 October 02:01, by Kuch

              What do you people of Rumbek often fight each other? Why don’t you fellows behave like our Mading Awiel, Tonj, Jurchol or even Atuot of Abangbaar, Ciech, Alieb of Yirol? Ngok Dinka people ways of doing thing?>>>

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              • 6 October 02:10, by Kuch

                We are here our uncle. Your (Kuei battalion of Muor Muor division) didn’t go to war for nothing. We are back Mr. Don-Don Malith Rual, don’t worry, but post your comment on SUDAN TRIBUNE knowing that some of our Nuers & some our Equatorians low lives & their masters has been destroyed in our country by us. We are here uncle.

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                • 6 October 03:27, by Eyez

                  You seriously need to see a shrink, because your level of abnormality is shocking, my friend. You are like a scratched record that’s stuck on the same tune, so obviously you are somehow insane, pending diagnoses.

                  As for your uncle, his time is up and soon he will be exiled if not killed.


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                • 6 October 09:30, by Don-Don Malith Rual

                  Mr Kuch;Our learneded friend, the issues of insecurity is not an open 🔓 secret, intruders will be shooting this 💦 waterways by all means,secondly the issues of inter-clan tribesmen fighting in Rumbek was politically motivated, having interview some of the community members they said they even do not know as to why they’re fighting for to behonest

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  • 6 October 07:06, by Lenin Bull

    President Salva Kiir is ruling the country half-heartedly. Otherwise, nothing on earth as long as he is the current leader of our free young country of South Sudan would have stopped River Nile transport from running since 2013 todate. The Turks-Egyptian-British-Arab traders and colonialists have used this River Nile for 200 years since 1800 to 2013. President Salva Kiir has failed the country.

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  • 6 October 07:12, by Lenin Bull

    The combined thieves of Nuer and Shilluk SPLA-IO are nothing compared to the national army SPLA. Even during the 21 years of the SPLA struggle from 1983 - 2005, the SPLA which was well organized and well armed could not force River Nile transport to stop like it has shamefully happened during President Salva Kiir’s short and painful/miserable reign.

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