South Sudan's Kiir to visit Sudan for oil flow in May

May 4, 2013 02:06


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JUBA - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir will visit Sudan this month to witness with his counterpart Omar Hassan al-Bashir the first shipment of oil from the south after a 15-month shutdown, an official said on Friday.

In March, the African neighbors agreed to resume oil exports from landlocked South Sudan through Sudan and defuse tension that has plagued them since South Sudan seceded in 2011.

Kiir's planned trip signals a further thaw in relations following a landmark visit by Bashir to Juba in April, his first since the south gained independence in July 2011 under a 2005 peace deal ending decades of civil war.

South Sudan resumed oil production last month, although industry analysts say it may take at least a month for the oil to reach the export terminal at Port Sudan, on the Red Sea.

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