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Bashir & Kiir to witness first shipment of oil from Port Sudan: official


May 1, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The chairman of Sudan’s parliamentary subcommittee on Foreign Affairs, Defense, and National Security Mohammed Al-Hassan al-Amin, announced that that presidents Omer Hassan al-Bashir and Salva Kiir will witness launching the export of South Sudan’s first oil shipment through Port Sudan within the coming few days.

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Sudan’s President Omer Hassan al-Bashir (C) meets his South Sudan counterpart Salva Kiir (L) upon his arrival at the Juba Airport in South Sudan April 12, 2013. (Reuters/Andreea Campeanu)

In September of last year, both Sudan and South Sudan signed a series of cooperation agreements which covered oil, citizenship rights, security issues, banking, border trade among others.

Last March, the two countries signed an implementation matrix for these cooperation agreements.

The most notable provision in the agreement is related to resumption of oil exports by landlocked South Sudan which were suspended more than a year ago because of a dispute over transit fees.

The oil flow is expected to breathe life into the beleaguered economies of the two countries which were heavily dependent on oil remittances to pay for imports of basic commodities.

Al-Amin, who spoke at a press conference upon his return from Juba yesterday, said that the visit revealed a significant change in South Sudan’s stances towards Sudan,

He explained that senior officials in Juba have condemned the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) recent attack on Um Rawaba and called for a peaceful solution to all conflicts while distancing themselves from SRF and considering the problem an “Internal Sudanese issue”.

The Sudanese official went on to say that their meeting with Kiir was “a good omen”, saying that they stressed Sudan’s keenness to maintain good relations with South Sudan.

According to Al-Amin, Kiir has welcomed the visit and described it as “historic”, promising to visit Sudan in the near future.

Al-Amin pointed out that the meeting underscored the need to ease media campaigns between the two countries and to seek a joint solution to Sudan’s debts.

Last month president Bashir paid a historic first visit to South Sudan, fueling hopes of peace and cooperation between the two countries, after a tense year that has brought them to the brink of war over oil rights and territorial claims.

During the one-day visit, Bashir held talks with Kiir that focused on the implementation of agreements the two countries signed last year.


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  • 2 May 2013 09:27, by Mi diit

    Good. And when will the two dictators form a ministerial committee to solve issues of Abyei and border, etc?

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    • 2 May 2013 09:56, by Jalaby

      Mr. Mi diit,
      I can confirm you Mr. Kiir will put Abyei and all other disputed issues with Sudan on hold indefinitely and now on will never dare to outrage Sudan again because Mr. Kiir will concentrate on his looming political (could move to military) battle with Mr. Machar and Nuer people! Yes, that’s how it works my friend!!

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      • 2 May 2013 11:07, by Mi diit

        If Salva Kiir is facing political challenges at home, the challenges are not from Nuer as such but from South Sudanese public. And that should not stop a true leader from pursuing other important national issues like Abyei and borders, etc.

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        • 2 May 2013 11:28, by South South

          Mi Dit,
          Do not waste your time to answer Jalaby. He knows nothing about South Sudan. If there is a person to put all other things aside and focus on his life, it is gay president called Bashir who is fighting 3 frontline wars. He said in the past that he will not allow South Sudan oil to go through North unless SPLM/N is disarmed by South Sudan. Now what happening ? SPLM/N is too strong.

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          • 2 May 2013 15:29, by Mohammed Ali 2

            Spla/n is getting outside SS, at least this the eveidence which we have for now; unless your president is lying!

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      • 2 May 2013 14:08, by Wunditda

        Please Jalaaaaaaaabiiiiiiaaaaa---
        Shut your filthy and rotten mouth here. This is how political struggle is.

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    • 2 May 2013 13:09, by Lango2010

      Mi diit
      how does your Dictionary define Dictatorship? and who is a dictator in the political point of view? some of you are misusing English terminology to embrace the public, how long did Kiir took in his leadership? i know it is to early to tell whether he will become dictator in future and therefore you cannot compare him to my outlaw president Bashir who 24 year in ruling Sudan

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      • 2 May 2013 14:05, by Wunditda

        Tell us what "dictatorship" means Mr. son of Queen Elizabeth in your mother tongue.

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        • 2 May 2013 14:24, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          A dictator is a person who takes no for an answer, so that make Kiir a dictator for the way his administration has suppressing voices that critized his ruling.

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          • 2 May 2013 22:02, by panom lualbil

            You’re almost wrong MR. LOTODO, dictator means a person who fights for delusion base on his own interests and on behave of somebody else as well. Till later when he realized it was just a wrong action, if not kill, then he’ll ask for amnesty. Like they’re all survived vissionlessly by amnesty.

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    • 2 May 2013 14:01, by Kedo

      Don’t talk politics. See how a South Sudanese poor woman became a millionaire by buying and selling accidented cars, Very interesting. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the various methods and companies she used (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM). A simple idea but it paid off. WAKE UP AFRICANS, don’t waste your time because life is too short

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  • 2 May 2013 11:29, by steven

    This is good move towards improvement of mutual collaboration and hopefully this will help increase the prosperity of the entire region.

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  • 2 May 2013 13:47, by Truth Hurts

    This is a great news for both economies but the citizens must open their eyes wide before the looters beginning looting the money.

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  • 2 May 2013 14:02, by Kedo

    Don’t talk politics. See how a South Sudanese poor woman became a millionaire by buying and selling accidented cars, Very interesting. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the various methods and companies she used (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM). A simple idea but it paid off. WAKE UP AFRICANS, don’t waste your time because life is too short

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  • 2 May 2013 21:45, by panom lualbil

    I dare MR. PRESIDENT KIIR to earn a complete month of oil’s money as ’a gift’ from his citizen for being a hard worker since journey to freedom to diplomacy with KHARTOUM andsoforth.

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    • 2 May 2013 22:05, by Deng II

      Panom Lualbil
      You are absolutely stupid, if you and your cowardice President love money so much like that, why you cowardice allowed Panthou oil being taken by force? Please, find oil in Warrap area and give thim as a gift. Let your President steal instead.

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      • 3 May 2013 05:08, by George Bol

        Hey Deng11,
        Calling Kiir Mayardit a coward is like calling donkey a cow.
        Keep quite yeah Congolese or probably from Nuer from Ethiopia.

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