Sudan, South Sudan Relations See Improvement

Sudan, South Sudan Relations See Improvement

From Sudan Tribune

The South Sudanese government is experiencing “improved bilateral relations” with neighboring Sudan, the two-year-old nation’s foreign affairs minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin said on Monday.

Since South Sudan’s independence in July 2011 Juba has been unable to resolve a host of contentious post-secession issues, including the border, security, contested areas, citizenship and oil.

“Relations with Sudan have remarkably increased. There are direct contacts between the two presidents. There are also contacts between other institutions. As I speak now they can call each other and communicate freely. This is a sign of improved relations”, Marial told journalists at the first official briefing about north-south relations since his appointment.

Marial said his country was currently consolidating efforts to build up and strengthen the emerging spirit of friendship to establish healthy and sustainable relations between the two nations.

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