South Sudan’s Kiir and Burhan discuss bilateral relations and security


October 5, 2022 (JUBA) — South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Head of Sudan’s Transitional Sovereign Council General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan on Wednesday discussed security and bilateral relations between the two countries .

South Sudan Presidential Advisor Tut Gatluak Manime said the two leaders also explored ways to enhance peace, security as well as economic cooperation.

“It was a courtesy visit from His Excellency, General Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan, to his brother, General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, Chairman of the Sovereign Council of Sudan, to hear him and update on the general situation in Sudan and South Sudan,” he explained.

Manime described the talks between the two leaders as “cordial and friendly”.

The Sudanese government, according to Manime, has distanced itself from the recent state of West Kordofan in which gunmen killed more than 19 South Sudanese nationals.

The attack happened in Muglad, a town home to several South Sudanese nationals.

“His Excellency General Al-Burhan assured his brother General Salva Kiir Mayardit that the situation is under control and that everything is back to normal. People have resumed their normal activities and investigations are underway to establish the truth and the government will handle the situation in accordance with the law,” Manime stressed.

He added: “This situation should therefore be left to the leadership of the two leaders at the level of the presidency. His Excellency the President also received a message of condolence from his brother General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan to the family members of those who lost their love”.

The Sudanese government, Manime revealed, has pledged to investigate the attack incident

On Monday, the Sudanese Embassy in Juba said its government cherished strong bilateral relations based on “shared history, common values, mutual respect, trust and the desire to establish strong bilateral relations between them in all domains”.

Relations between South Sudan and Sudan are improving following the efforts of the leaders of the two countries to open a new page of cooperation in the pursuit of mutual interest and benefit. In 2012, two countries signed a cooperation agreement granting citizens of either country the right to reside, move, seek employment, acquire, own and dispose of property without restriction.

Currently, Sudan is believed to host more than 800,000 South Sudanese refugees who mostly live in the troubled Darfur region in the west of the country.

(ST)

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