Sudan and South Sudan Agree to Hold a Border Conference to Discuss Issues of Peaceful Coexistence and Development

Staff Writer

Juba, February 17, 2022 AD — Vice-President of the Sovereign Council, Lieutenant-General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, and his accompanying delegation, held in Juba today, a joint session of talks with the Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, Mr. Hussein Abdul-Baqi Akol, in the presence of Mr. The governors of Unity and Arab states, and the leaders of the security services in southern Sudan, and the Defense Minister-designate Lieutenant-General Yassin Ibrahim Yassin, the Sudanese Ambassador to Juba Jamal Malik and the head of the Military Intelligence, Major General Ahmed Mohamed Ali Saber, participated in the session.

During the session, the two sides discussed the course of the solid relations between Sudan and South Sudan and ways to enhance them to serve the interests of the two brotherly countries, and the importance of joint work and coordination at all levels, and they reviewed issues of common concern and the events in some border states.

The two sides agreed to hold a conference at the level of the border states to discuss issues of peaceful coexistence and development, and to activate popular diplomacy to achieve security and stability and facilitate the movement of citizens, commercial goods, and herds of livestock.

They pointed out the importance of returning to the previous peaceful coexistence agreement between the Misseriya and the Malwal Dinka concluded in 1990 to establish the foundations of peaceful coexistence between them and all tribes in the region.

They directed accelerating the opening of border crossings and working to open roads linking the border areas to ensure the flow of movement of citizens and goods to achieve the common interests between the two brotherly countries.

The two parties stressed the need for the civil administrations, the competent authorities and officials in the border states to control the intrusion and the unruly ones, to combat negative practices along with the border areas, and to deal decisively to stop them in a way that guarantees the freedom of movement of individuals and herds of livestock without security problems.

In a joint statement, following the talks, the two sides secured the formation of joint committees between the states of West Kordofan and South Kordofan from the Sudanese side, and the states of Unity and Northern Bahr al-Ghazal from the southern Sudanese side provided that these joint committees engage in intensive meetings and conduct a field visit within a week of its date. To discuss emerging problems in those areas and develop the necessary solutions.

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