Sudan, South Sudan Resume Security Talks in Khartoum

Sudan and South Sudan have resumed meetings of the Joint Political and Security Mechanism (JPSM), a joint committee tasked by the 2012 agreement with overseeing the demilitarization of the cross-border between two sisterly countries, on Tuesday.

The joint meeting, which is expected to last three days, is convened in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum to follow-up on a similar meeting that was held in the South Sudanese capital, Juba in November last year.

The meeting held in Khartoum mainly focuses on border crossings and the work of the Joint Border Commission.

South Sudan gained her independence in July 2011; however, a lot of issues were left pending to be settled with Khartoum.

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The Joint Political and Security Mechanism (JPSM) jointly concurred to oversee the security of the common border between the two countries.

Speaking at the meeting on Tuesday, Sudan’s Defense Minister Yassin Ibrahim affirmed that the relations between Sudan and South Sudan will remain intact and unshakable.

Defense Minister said that Sudan is committed to what was agreed upon in terms of the agreement, affirming the withdrawal of the Sudanese forces from the demilitarized zone in line with the agreements between the two countries.

The Sudanese minister underscored that the cooperation agreements included a dozen of areas and their implementation would lead to more bilateral interests.

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For her part, South Sudan’s Defense Minister, Angelina Teny said the developments that created a disturbance from local communities in the Mile-14 area have amicably been dealt with, affirming that South Sudan’s commitment to the joint work in the mechanism and emphasized the importance of controlling citizens at the borders between the two neighboring countries.

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