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President Bashir announces resumption of river transport with South Sudan


February 4, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s President Omer Hassan al-Bashir Thursday announced the resumption of river transport with the landlocked South Sudan ending a four-year halt decided by Khartoum over security concerns and accusations of support to rebel groups .

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir listen to the National anthem during opening session of Sudan National Dialogue conference October 10, 2015 (REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

In a speech delivered in the capital of White Nile state, Rabak, al-Bashir announced the resumption of transport by river between Kosti and Juba.

The river transport was very active between North Sudan and South Sudan before and after the secession. Goods were transported by river barges to Juba or shipped by barge from Juba to Mongalla, Bor, Adok, Shambe, Malakal and Renk.

The decision of President al-Bashir follows his decisions to open border and review oil transportation fees. It also come after statements by President Salva Kiir vowing to improve ties with Khartoum and increasing bilateral cooperation.

The Sudanese president further said that his country will remain open for the South Sudanese citizens who flee the armed conflict in their country and seek refuge in Sudan.

He added that they should be mistreated or held accountable for the actions of their leaders.

The White Nile state and Khartoum state are the two regions where reside the majority of the South Sudanese refugees in Sudan.

Nearly 200.000 South Sudanese moved to Sudan since the eruption of the armed conflict between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and defectors led by his former deputy Riek Machar in December 2013.

Bashir also inaugurated a power plant in Um Dabakir area at a capacity of 500 megawatts. He disclosed that they agreed with the Indian government which constructed the new electricity station to increase its capacity to 750 megawatts in the near future.

He further vowed to transform the White Nile state to an oil producing region and to build a new airport in the White Nile state adding it would be achieved before the new Khartoum international airport.


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  • 5 February 2016 04:50, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Why every agreements are easy to president Bashir, any thing behind ?

    • 5 February 2016 05:22, by Eastern


      In international diplomacy you don’t cast everything in stone; Bashir is trying to play it smart here.

      He’s expecting some concession from Kiir on Abyei, Hufra Nihas, Kafia Kingi, Mile 14, etc. Given the current economic situation bedevilling South Sudan, Kiir is again caught between a hard grown and a stone on this move!

    • 5 February 2016 05:28, by South South

      Sudan is very desperate of South Sudan money, that’s the fact. They want to compete with Uganda’s business in South Sudan. We have to remember what Sudan foreign ministry said a few months ago " Sudan lost 7 billion USD for closing its border with South Sudan". Anyway, it is not a bad thing to have business with our enemies Fake Arabs as long as they do not mess up with South Sudan’s affairs.

      • 5 February 2016 07:12, by Mi diit


        I love this deal!!!

        Keep guessing ya children of drunk Kiir Kuethpiny.

        • 5 February 2016 08:09, by Dengda

          @ Miidit
          I Agree with you, the deal could be good for us, special greater Upper Nile, prices of commodities will drop, IF we take it with caution and play it skillfully and smart or else could be blackmailing, as you know our leaders are weak in making deals, for example look at oil deal in 2013 and Fashoda Agreement which you may be familiar with. By the way where is your friend Khent?

    • 5 February 2016 07:47, by chuol

      Omer El Bashir for life.......
      Omer is a true ally of South Sudan. .

    • 5 February 2016 08:00, by Dengda

      @ Ayuiu
      You have good reason to be skeptical and caution, yes there’s reason behind and he try to blackmail and play fool game with incompetent Kiir. However, we South Sudanese have to be smart too and play the game alike, though the deal is good for us we have to play it skillfully. This where Dr. John Garang was good at and master of that. But I am afraid Kiir will give away country in return.

  • 5 February 2016 06:23, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Once again another mistake is made by opening up the flood gates of Arabism and Islamism. We must be ready to reread history of Arab migration to Sudan and its impact on the nation. The people must learn to be self reliant so that manna from Sudan should not be used to rewind back the political history of the country.

    • 5 February 2016 17:27, by lino

      These are things Southerners should understand and start to believe. Khartoum’s hands are running the Government in Juba since July, 2013,and what do you think happened when Juba SPLM ousted all senior officers of the SPLM; it not just about money???!
      NCP and Bashir have a long history of planning and planting their cadres into other parties and destroy them from within.

  • 5 February 2016 07:13, by Kalo

    All this will stop if SPLM-N attack resume operation seize any big town from Albshir regime,he will drink marisa,smoke Bang,start dancing,pointing at the S.S,declaring war on them,accusing them supporting SPLM-N,let me assure to you all,there will not be any process b/n two countries unless the issue of 3 areas solved first,Abyei,SK and BN, plus SPLM-IO of Riek,accusation will not stop.

    • 5 February 2016 10:08, by Eastern

      So SPLM-N is all about IF? Why can’t you have a plan with WHEN?

      Lost group.

      • 5 February 2016 12:54, by Kalo

        We are not interfere with your affairs with Jalaby but jalaby used to accused you that you are supporting us after defeating them military or political,they don,t accept that,that was why i said early the only solution is to solved all the crisis of two countries to make the relationship run smoothly,otherwise nothing will work.

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