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Sudan, South Sudan announce imminent opening of four crossing corridors


Joint teams marking a crossing point between the two countries (undated picture by UNISFA)
July 3, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan transport minister and South Sudan presidential adviser on security affairs Tuesday agreed to open four border crossing points between the two countries within the next few days.

The agreement was announced by the two officials following a meeting held in Khartoum to discuss the implementation of directives of President al-Bashir to open border with South Sudan after the signing of Khartoum Declaration of Agreement on 27 June.

The decision is as a part of measures he announced recently to encourage the South Sudanese parties to implement a peace agreement they signed in August 2015. He said it would facilitate the movement of citizens and the flow of trade between the two countries.

Speaking in Khartoum after the meeting, Presidential adviser, Tut Galuwak told reporters they discussed the border opening and he asked to open all the crossing points as soon as possible to encourage trade between the two sides on the border.

"Minister Makawi expressed the readiness of his government to implement the directives of President al-Bashir and we would like to a announce the good news that the decision includes road, rail and Nile river crossing points," said Galuwak.

For his part, Minister Makawi Awad confirmed what Galuwak announced and added that four points would be opened very soon before the departure of the South Sudanese official from Khartoum.

"These four crossing corridors, Awad said, include, Kosti-Renk road and river, Meriam - Aweil, rails and road, Heglig-Bentiu, and Al Sumayyah corridors".

Some of the four points have been marked last March as the two countries did not yet finalize the talks on the border demarcation since the secession of South Sudan in July 2011 and they are part of the Safe Demilitarized Buffer Zone (SDBZ).

Following the South Sudan independence, President al-Bashir ordered the border closure accusing Juba of backing Sudanese rebels in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

However, the decision didn’t stop totally the trade between the two sides as the border areas from both sides historically had strong trade relations.

Minister Awad said the Sudanese private sector will contribute to restoring the roads and transportation means.


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  • 4 July 2018 08:20, by Games

    Hahahahahahahaha, idiots, why running round and begging others for helps, while they are 7 oil producers in Africa Continent. They are One in terms of fertilisers lands in the world. I’m feeling sorry for this country of being run by a head without a brain.

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    • 4 July 2018 09:51, by South South

      It seems to me you don’t know anything. Having business relationship is what the best leaders in the world. Riek’s IOthought that it will shut down business in South Sudan, but now look business is coming back to South Sudan from our South border, from our East border and now from our North border. Lick your wounds and offer something like that to jubaone and Eastern.

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      • 4 July 2018 12:04, by Games

        South South
        Don’t break your legs, make sure you dance slowly. Mind you, those drummer, starting with business relationships with Khartoum as you called it. They are all tests, whether you are going to keep your promise for the peace you recently signed or not. Machar and others are still holding the keys of South Sudan economic. You may dispute that but it is true

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        • 4 July 2018 12:52, by South South

          Keep dreaming of Machar as a great man, but for us he is finished, over and done. Peace is our plan A, meaning we will give peace a chance to work, but if rebels are not serious about peace, we have plan B, Kiir’s term is extended for 3 more years. Our country is moving on and e everything is in our hand. Take it as it’s or keep barking under your computer.

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          • 4 July 2018 14:33, by Games

            South South
            You can say all these that Machar is done in politics. The guy is actually moving forward and getting stronger and stronger every day. Back to Salva Kiir extending, it is not our business whether you had plans A-y. Keep all those of yours plans to yourself, nobody wants to learn or hearing them. We have our too, but we keep them to ourselves.
            Extending Salva Kiir term is another war

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            • 4 July 2018 14:45, by South South


              Don’t about war, talk about pace only. You are not in Pagak and you make computer keyboard your battle place. Our plan MUST be heard by rebels. In your face.

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              • 4 July 2018 17:09, by South South

                Don’t ever talk about war until you come and meet me face to face in Pagak, your former headquarters. Let’s talk about peace. This is where you can get something. We are the government, our plans must be known. You MUST respect South Sudan government and all decisions are going to be made by our government.You don’t like it,your problem. Writing under computer will change nothing

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                • 4 July 2018 19:06, by Games

                  South South
                  We are legitimately recognised internationally as legitimate moments. Technically, there are two parallel government in South Sudan. This is a what I mean of keeping your plans to yourself. Your starvating boys have been in Pagak Bridge for nearly two years now and have never made any advance to others parts of Pagak. They selling their guns to local to make a living and on top of tha

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                  • 4 July 2018 19:12, by Games

                    On top of that most have deserted Frontline and sneak into refugees camps. Thus, there are no need for us to Kill Southern Sudanes that have mislead by Kuol Manyang Juk

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        • 4 July 2018 15:49, by Kuch

          I thought you were one of those Khartoum lackey who is privy to how SUDAN TRIBUNE and its propaganda machines work! All these so-called four border crossings have been opened ever since (according to Sudan Tribune) propaganda machines though. But hey! Our border with our arch enemy---the cloned arab North Sudan are always open with strict protocols to be adhered to pal>>>>

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          • 4 July 2018 15:51, by Kuch

            Nothing has changed & nothing is going to change until we get back every inch of our still occupied lands by the North Sudan It is this simple.

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  • 4 July 2018 08:59, by Lenin Bull

    South Sudan won the economic war. Sudan blocked its trade activities with South Sudan since it broke away on the 9th July 2011 thinking that South Sudan collapse. But to the contrary South Sudan thrived and was developing till Sudan poisoned the speed of that development by using the SPLA-IO idiots.Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Congo, Central Africa, Egypt willingly opened trade with SSudan!

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  • 4 July 2018 09:07, by Kenyang ll

    Sudan and South Sudan like all neighbors need peace and matual relationship. Sudan has upperhand if the two are in peace and can be a big loser if there is no relationship. You just a leader in South Sudan and a Kenyan port, you wouldn’t need Sudan.

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    • 4 July 2018 09:10, by Kenyang ll

      You just need a leader in South Sudan ...

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      • 4 July 2018 11:01, by Redeemer

        I am joining the rest in the believe that this rebellion in SSudan is for those who carry no single objective. even if we are number one in oil, we need to sell it to others which brings us to the need of relationship in business, you are done bro, you have no use to the nation in any way any more but we need you back though

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  • 4 July 2018 11:31, by aborigin

    Diplomatically Sudan and South Sudan needs one another for the prosperity of their economies through trade, we need Ethiopia more than Kenya and Uganda... the fact remains the hatred that existed triggered all this retaliatory fight towards one another the sooner they had realized the better for both of them. Millions of dollars wasted in Kenya and Uganda could have gone to Sudan!!

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    • 4 July 2018 15:58, by Kuch

      What rock are you living under my friend? Are you aware that Arabs were welcomed into the Sudan not through conquest by through trade ages ago? But they later wedged their evil feet into our country & now it has becomes a big nightmare to push these vermin back to Saudi Arabia & Yemen>>>

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      • 4 July 2018 16:04, by Kuch

        aborigin, do you remember a popular Sudanese saying that says "welcome an Arab to come & sleep in your verandah, and he/she will wake up in the morning & claims to own your masters room" Chap, Uganda & Kenya have/are our staunch & best allies. With the current ethiopia, not so much chap. In fact, ethiopia & North Sudan are working together in the destruction of our country>>>

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        • 4 July 2018 16:13, by Kuch

          But Uganda, Rwanda & Kenya have been watching pretty keenly on what the ’North Sudan & ethiopia’ are up to in our country. , Uganda, Rwanda, Egypt and DR Congo have signed a military agreement with South Sudan. ethiopia has a military agreement with our country, but that military agreement is just of convenience chap>>>>

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          • 4 July 2018 16:31, by Kuch

            North Sudan & ethiopia consider our country as their province. And they have often been telling our foolish politicians on their faces some these days. One glaring example was, when the current ethiopia prime minister ordered Riek Machar from South Africa to be shipped to Adis Ababa, ordered Salva Kiir and ordered them to kneel down before him & lectured them to put their country & people’s first>

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