Sudan, South Sudan Relations Improving : Foreign Minister

South Sudan Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Dr. Barnaba Marial while briefing the press said there has been close contacts between the countries. [Gurtong | File]

Dr. Barnaba Marial while briefing the press today said there has been close contacts between the countries that are now strengthening ties.

“There is a direct contact between the two Presidents (Salva Kiir of South Sudan and Omar Al Bashir of Sudan)…and in particular on the issue of the oil deal,” Marial told the press in Juba.

“As I speak now they can call each other and communicate and this improves our relations. Actually we are not surprised that the oil is flowing,” said Marial.

He said Juba and Khartoum is currently engaged in building up strong ties in three levels, pointing out through: Ministerial level, between contact of the two Presidents; Kiir and Bashir and through the African Union.

Sudan and South Sudan since June was locked up into bitter relations following threats by president Bashir to shutdown Juba oil flow through his country on grounds that Juba is backing rebels fighting his government, an allegation Juba denied. 

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