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Sudan and South Sudan ruling parties to sign political cooperation agreement

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March 2, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - Ruling parties of Sudan and South Sudan Wednesday said they would sign a declaration of principles to develop joint political cooperation between the two forces.

SPLM Acting Secretary General Jemma Nunu Kumba (File Photo ST)

A visiting delegation from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) concluded Wednesday a two-day visit to Khartoum by a meeting with the National Congress Party (NCP) deputy chairman and presidential aide Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid.

Upon an invitation from the NCP, a SPLM delegation led by the acting secretary general Jemma Nunu Kumba, discussed issues and areas of joint cooperation between the two parties and the two countries in various fields for the first time since the secession of South Sudan.

Following the closing session of bilateral talks, the head of NCP external relations sector, Amira al-Fadel told reporters that the two sides discussed political and economic issues and ways to overcome financial, administrative problems faced by the business between the two countries.

The two sides agreed to sign a joint declaration of principles between the National Congress and the SPLM in Juba during the next three months, al-Fadel said, adding that this protocol would represent the beginning of fruitful cooperation between the two political forces.

For her part, the SPLM Secretary General said they had successful discussions with the NCP, the African Parties Council and the Sudanese Businessmen and Employers’ Federation.

Kumba further said the parties agreed on the need to develop joint cooperation between the two countries particularly the opening of borders, adding they welcome the decision of President Omer al-Bashir on this respect.

"We commend and welcome the decision to allow free movement of people, goods" she said adding they discussed the need to address the flow of trade, transportation and money between the two countries.

The head of the SPLM delegation said they extended an invitation for the National Congress Party to visit Juba to sign the memorandum of mutual understanding between the two parties within three months.

Since last January, Sudan and South Sudan have taken a number of measures aiming to normalize bilateral relations, ending five years of tensions and accusations of support to rebel groups from both sides.

(ST)

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  • 3 March 2016 05:06, by dinkdong

    What?! What are they cooperating for?

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    • 3 March 2016 10:13, by dinkdong

      It is like cooperating with hyenas.

      repondre message

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