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Friday, 20 July 2018
 

Trade Chambers: Opening of Borders between Sudan and S. Sudan Enhances Peace and Exchange of Benefits

Khartoum- President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al Bashir has announced opening of the borders between Sudan and South Sudan to facilitate movements of the people and flow of trade between the two countries, affirming readiness of Khartoum to extend whatever that contributes to realizing of peace in South Sudan.
Al Bashir, addressing the second sitting of Khartoum Round on Facilitating IGAD Peace Process for South Sudan in the presence of South Sudan President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar, affirmed keenness on the interests of the people of South Sudan, saying that the people of South Sudan experience exceptional situations and we should stand beside them to lessen their sufferings.
Secretary General of Sudanese Union of Trade Chambers Yassin Homaidah has affirmed that the opening of borders between Sudan and South Sudan would enhance exchange of goods between the two countries and boost peace and exchange of benefits.
He pointed out that they had signed an agreement with South Sudan businessmen, referring to step made earlier by the Sudanese Minister of Trade Hatim Al Sir who opened the border crossings between the two countries on the ground, noting that South Sudan constitutes a big market for the Sudanese products.
Minister of Trade Hatim Al Sir made a telephone call following declaration by President Al-Bashir of opening of the borders between Sudan and South Sudan with his South Sudanese counterpart, explaining that they agreed on putting the decision into effect for realizing the joint interests between the two countries.
The Minister lauded the decision of the President of the Republic on opening of the borders before the movements of the citizens and trade between the two countries, considering it as a big boost to consolidation of peace as it would also open big horizons for exchange of trade between the two countries and facilitate exchanges of goods and services on the bases of mutual benefits.
Al Sir affirmed during his inauguration of Jodah border crossing in 2017 that reopening of the borders would bring many benefits for the two countries.
Sudan and South Sudan signed in 2017 an agreement of reactivation of economic cooperation between the two countries, including immediate resumption of border trade for some 54 commodities.
The agreement was reached following joint talks between the ministers of economic sector of Sudan and South Sudan, co-chaired by Sudanese Deputy Prime Minister Mubarak Al-Fadil and South Sudanese Presidential Advisor Tout Galwak.