Bashir to visit South Sudan in first trip since secession

By REUTERS
October 27, 2012 20:20

 
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KHARTOUM - Sudan's President Omar Hassan Bashir will visit South Sudan soon, his first trip since the south gained independence last year, to forge a new start in relations, Sudan's Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti told the state news agency on Saturday.

Last month, Sudan and South Sudan agreed to end hostilities, restart southern oil exports through the north and revive cross-border trade, after both came close to war in April.

The foreign minister gave no date but officials said the visit could be in early November.

The African neighbors have yet to sort out ownership of several disputed areas along the unmarked border but tensions have ebbed in the past few months.

Karti said Bashir's visit will be a "new start in relations between Sudan and South Sudan", SUNA said.

Bashir was last in Juba at South Sudan's independence ceremony on July 9, 2011. Both leaders had planned to hold a summit in Juba in April but Sudan cancelled it after fighting broke out at the border and South Sudan briefly seized an oil field key to Sudan's economy.

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