Kiir, Bashir To Form Team To Speed Deal Implementation

Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (L) meets his South Sudan counterpart Salva Kiir in Juba, South Sudan April 12, 2013. [Waakhe Simon Wudu]

Sudan and South Sudan in September last year signed a cooperation agreement that contains nine pacts aimed at easing relations between the two-long term nations however, the two nations committed themselves to fully implement the deal last month by signing the integrated matrix.

“The two Presidents reiterated their satisfaction with the summit meetings mechanism and agreed to establish a high ministerial joint committee led by the Vice Presidents in the two countries with small number of ministers to support the speedy decision taking to promote the relations between the two countries,” a communiqué of the two Presidents said ready before them yesterday at President Kiir’s place in Juba.

The two heads of states yesterday held a closed-door meeting that discussed important aspects of the implementation of the matrix for the nine cooperation agreement.

Kiir commended the visit of President Bashir, saying it marks the beginning of new relations of the two nations.

“We hope this is the beginning of new visits to come,” Kiir said while addressing the press together with President Bashir after their meeting. “I’m confident that the steps taken by our two nations are new indications in our history,” he added.

He reiterated that they also agreed on unconditional implementation of the cooperation agreement.

Both leaders distanced themselves from supporting militia activities in either country.

The different delegations that came with President Bashir also held separate technical meetings in a bid to scale up the implementation of the cooperation agreement.

President Bashir also joined his fellow Muslims and Sudanese basing Juba in a Friday prayer session after their closed-door meeting and later on joined President Kiir to brief the press.

President Bashir expressed his thanks and appreciation for the warm reception accorded to him and the accompanying delegation, and reciprocally invited President Kiir to visit Khartoum shortly to expedite their joint efforts to cement the relations between the two sisterly countries and to strengthen their constructive cooperation.  

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