Sudan opens border with South Sudan

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Sudan’s border with South Sudan set to be opened for the first time since 2011 when South Sudan became an independent nation.

South Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir order the opening, directing relevant authorities to take all measures required to implement the decision on the ground according to News 24.

When South Sudan became a nation taking three quarters of the oil, relations between the two nations became tense.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir ordered on Monday all his country’s military to retreat 5 kilometres away from the border. The President announced on Tuesday that relations between South Sudan and Sudan have normalized. On the other hand, Al-Bashir agreed to cut transit fees for South Sudanese oil crossing the territory via pipeline to the Red Sea.

The borders were closed in 2011 after an uprising in Sudan’s Kordofan state in the south by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North.

Sudan and South Sudan signed a “treaty of non-aggression” on their disputed border 2012 in Addis Ababa, where African Union-led negotiations between the two sides were being held.

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