Sudan Strongman, Bashir, Arrives In Juba

see geneva;”>Juba announced Thursday Bashir would be in the country on a one-day state visit in response to an official invitation extended to him earlier by President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

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After a colourful reception at the Airport, the two presidents headed to the State House at J1 for a closed meeting.

The leaders of the two rival countries will discuss among other things border disputes and the cost of exporting S. Sudan’s oil through Sudan.

The two states nearly went to full-scale war last year over the border town of Heglig. This led to the shutting down of oil exportation which hurt economies of both countries.


However, in March, Juba announced it would resume pumping oil through Sudan in three weeks time following an agreement reached on the matrix that guarantees implementation of the nine cooperation agreements signed last year.

Upon return from Ethiopia, Sudan’s chief negotiator, Pagan Amum said all the obstacles hindering the flow of oil had been removed and with the signed matrix there was guarantee that all the nine agreements would be implemented.

President El-Bashir was accompanied by a big delegation that comprises senior ministers and high ranking officials of his government.

His ministers and other officials are expected to hold respective meetings with their counterparts of South Sudan.

After the meetings the two presidents will hold a press conference at the State House.

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