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Sudan lost $7 billion due to border shut down with S. Sudan: official


January 5, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s foreign ministry has disclosed they are discussing with the South Sudan the reopening of border between the two countries saying that Sudan’s losses has incurred $7 billion due to stopping cross-border trade.

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Sudanese military personnel inspect the belongings of South Sudanese on the Sudanese border on 18 April 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

Sudan shut down its border with South Sudan in June 2011 following the eruption of the armed conflict in South Kordofan state, accusing Juba of supporting and harbouring Sudanese rebels.

Sudan’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal al-Din Ismail, who briefed the parliament Monday on Sudan’s foreign policy, said his country’s interests were significantly hit by the closure of the border with South Sudan.

The Sudanese diplomat did not provide further details of the ongoing talks, but Sudan in the past but Khartoum in the past said the deployment of joint border security patrols is a prerequisite for the resumption of border trade.

Khartoum and Juba regularly trade accusations of support to rebel groups from both sides.

To settle this issue, the two countries committed themselves in the Cooperation Agreement of 27 September 2012 to stop supporting or harbouring rebel groups, and agreed to establish a buffer zone on the border and to form a joint monitoring team to prevent rebel infiltration.

Last October the two countries agreed to deploy the joint border monitoring forces which is supported by UNISFA.


Meanwhile, Ismail defended his country’s foreign policy saying it was never been implemented at the expense of Sudanese nationals abroad.

He stressed that Sudan is among a few countries in the world who adopt the principle of reciprocal treatment in its foreign policy, adding “we neither succumb to pressures nor sell our stances or cry over the spilled milk”.

The Sudanese diplomat added their rapprochement with the Eastern nations didn’t come at the expense of the country’s interests with the Western world, noting that strengthening of ties with Eastern countries is more beneficial than with the West.

Washington imposed economic and trade sanctions on Sudan in 1997 in response to its alleged connection to terror networks and human rights abuses. Sudan is also on the US list of states that sponsor terrorism since 1993.

For their side, several MP’s have demanded the foreign ministry to the resolve the dispute over Halayeb area with Egypt besides accelerating procedures to redraw the borders with several neighbouring countries particularly South Sudan and Ethiopia.


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  • 6 January 2016 01:01, by South South

    Just open the border if you want to get our $$$$$. You are dealing with a country called South Sudan. We have said this before we separated from you that Sudanese will come to South Sudan to get help. We are here to help you, but you need to stop fake things like calling yourselves Arabs. You are black Africa men and women, not fake Arabs. Welcome to South Sudan wealth.

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    • 6 January 2016 08:16, by Jalaby

      South South,
      How many times I told you not to comment while you are under Marisa’s influences?!
      Well, Sudan lost $7bn, how much S Sudan lost in contrast?!
      You separated from Sudan (many thanks for cutting the filthy organ from our body) but what you gained from the separation other than killing each other and starving your people to death?

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      • 6 January 2016 08:26, by Jalaby

        where is your dream country? your people came back to Sudan as refugees now and their face down to earth asking for food and forgiveness!
        Ask any ordinary person in Sudan if he wants to re-unite with south again, will answer with no hesitate "NO"!
        We really regret our people who fell down during the south war and the money we spent and destroyed our economy!

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        • 6 January 2016 08:34, by Jalaby

          British colonization did a great mistake by attaching the south to Sudan, I don’t know why they changed their mind and linked to Sudan while their original plan to attach it to Uganda or Kenya?! That decision was a catastrophic decision and damage Sudan economy so badly!
          Just lift your hand from supporting SPLA-N and concentrate on extinguish the fire at your home!

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          • 6 January 2016 15:23, by Hardlinner

            Jalaby, stop your stupidity, people of south sudan have been in contact with nubians for over 10,000 years. There is nothing you can do to change history. Not even your new found arab identity will change that. Remember khartoum used to be dinka and nuer land 400 years ago. embrace your nubians identity. At least they have richer history than arabs are.

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        • 6 January 2016 15:31, by Hardlinner

          Jalaby, no one in south sudan need to unite with you anyway. Mutual respect will only exist when sudan and south sudan stay as separate countries. Just like in past, nubian used to have their kingdom and we used to be independent from them but meet on bases of trade.

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  • 6 January 2016 06:09, by Eastern

    ....this was expected; shutting the door to one of your ’super markets’ was going to be an economic suicide committed by emotional Omar Bashir’s paranoid government. Serves them right!!

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  • 6 January 2016 07:06, by Konan

    Great news for Marisa Lovers, the price will go down, be ready to fill your jars Marisa Lovers. It is just a daydream my friends. (1) The borders will not be reopened unless you stop exporting your SPLM/N terrorists to our country (2) You are starving to death and have no money right now.

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  • 6 January 2016 14:33, by Redeemer

    Sudan was bleeding and still bleeding, our problem in the South is inherited from Sudan

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  • 6 January 2016 15:56, by South South

    Blocking my comments to safe Jalaby and Kanon because they are fake Arabs like you will not help you anyway. These two guys (Jalaby and Kanon) are low IQ and they need psychic Readings to help them. South Sudan started war in 1955 to get it freedom, who refused? Fake Arabs for 50 years, so who want unity South Sudan or North Sudan?

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