Sudan, South Sudan to Reopen Borders After a Decade

Sudan, South Sudan to Reopen Borders After a Decade (News Central TV)

Sudan and South Sudan will be reopening borders after 11 years of closure. This development was announced after a meeting between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

According to a press statement from the office of the President of South Sudan, the two parties also agreed on the re-opening of water transportation.

(Photo credit ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

The official reopening will take place on October 1, 2021. The borders were closed in 2011 during Omar Bashir’s regime when relations deteriorated after the south seceded following a long civil war, taking with it three-quarters of the country’s oil.

Over a decade ago, South Sudan and Sudan closed much of the 2,000 borders in 2011, hitting traders and communities on both sides of the disputed line.

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In January 2016, Former President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan ordered the opening of his country’s border with South Sudan but this did not last.

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