S. Sudan's Kiir returns home after Khartoum visit

Kiir and al-Bashir discussed several security-related issues of concern to the two countries

S. Sudan's Kiir returns home after Khartoum visit

World Bulletin/News Desk

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir returned home on Wednesday following a visit to Khartoum, where he held talks with Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir on several security-related issues of concern to the two countries.

"We had a successful meeting in which the two leaders discussed many issues between the two countries on security arrangements," Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin, who accompanied Kiir on the trip, told reporters at Juba airport upon his arrival with the president.

He said the two leaders had discussed border issues, the disputed Abyei region and joint security arrangements.

"Both President Salva Kiir and al-Bashir committed themselves to not supporting rebel groups against each other," the top diplomat said.

The two countries have previously accused one another of harboring rebel groups.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Mawein Makol Arik said the two leaders had had a lengthy discussion on how their countries could work towards peaceful coexistence.

"They discussed issues related to security arrangements between the two countries," he told Anadolu Agency. "There have been accusations between the two countries of supporting each other's rebels."

"So the two presidents committed to work together to support each other," Arik added.

"They agreed to have border crossing points opened and to establish checkpoints on the borders to monitor security," said the spokesman.

Concerning Abyei, Arik said President Kiir had voiced concern that Sudan's electoral commission had designated the area an electoral district in upcoming elections slated for next year.

"This has angered South Sudan and the president [Kiir] wanted it addressed," he told AA.

Sudan and South Sudan have remained at odds over the sensitive issue of border demarcation, with both sides claiming oil-rich frontier areas.

South Sudan declared independence from Sudan in 2011 after a 2005 peace treaty ended decades of civil war.

 

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