Khartoum: Sudan Press
Returned to the country this evening, the Prime Minister and President of IGAD, Dr. Abdullah Hamdouk, after an official visit to the city of Juba, the capital of the sisterly state of South Sudan, which lasted for three days – and the Prime Minister described it as a historic visit.
Hamdok was accompanied during the visit by the Ministers of Defense, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Supply, and Transport, the Governor of the Central Bank of Sudan, and a number of officials. The visit was preceded by a delegation headed by the newly appointed Special Envoy for Peace in Southern Sudan, Ambassador Abdel Rahman Mohamed Bakhit.
After the meeting, a joint statement was issued clarifying the objectives of the visit and the results reached by the Sudanese and South Sudanese sides.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, the visit of the Prime Minister and President of the IGAD, Dr. Abdullah Hamdok, to Juba is historic.
In a press statement at Khartoum airport after the return of the Prime Minister and his accompanying delegation from Juba, the Foreign Minister said that the visit focused on the peace of the Republic of South Sudan, which is sponsored and guaranteed by Sudan, and the peace of Sudan, which is guaranteed by the Republic of South Sudan, in addition to the bilateral relations between the two countries and regional relations and developments.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs confirmed that the visit achieved important breakthroughs, especially with regard to bilateral relations between the two countries, announcing the signing of three memoranda of understanding related to transport, trade and petroleum. The Minister of Foreign Affairs announced the agreement to open four crossings, noting that the opening will take place on the first of next October in the city of Jabaleen.
Dr. confirmed. Maryam Al-Sadiq said that Sudan and the State of South Sudan have returned to work with one strategy regarding oil, with the fact that the infrastructure regarding oil for the two countries is the reality of one country.
In this regard, she revealed the drafting of a memorandum of understanding based on this historical and political reality, explaining that the two countries are proceeding to achieve the slogan “One people in two countries.”
Also confirmed by Dr. Maryam said that the foreign ministries of the two countries will begin to review the agreements that have been signed since 2012 to activate and develop them based on the developments that have taken place and the high political will in the twinning relationship between the two countries in the two governments.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs announced that the meeting of the Joint Political and Security Committee will be held on the 4th and 5th of next September in Juba.
Dr. said. Maryam Al-Sadiq said that the Prime Minister and President of IGAD held marathon consultations during this visit and completed many tasks and interviews, including the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Lieutenant-General Salva Kiir Mayardit and his first deputy, Dr. Riek Machar, and the Vice Presidents separately.
Hamdok also met with community leaders and a number of ministers and ambassadors, especially the ambassadors of the IGAD and the Troika, explaining that all the meetings ensured the progress made in the peace process of the Republic of South Sudan, and stressed the continuation of pushing it and devoting all capabilities to it to implement the rest of it.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs noted that Sudan had sent a delegation presented to the Republic of South Sudan, led by Sudan’s Special Envoy for the Peace of the Republic of South Sudan, Ambassador Abdel Rahman Bakhit, indicating that the visit of the delegation had brought about great preparation in this matter.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs affirmed that the two countries are moving in steady and confident steps towards a strategic relationship based on implementing everything that has been agreed upon on the ground, explaining in this aspect that the two foreign ministries have been entrusted with developing a road map with specific timings to download all agreements on the ground to be at the service of the two peoples in order to achieve One people in two countries motto.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs noted that Sudan sent a delegation to the Republic of South Sudan, led by Sudan’s Special Envoy for Peace in the Republic of South Sudan, Ambassador Abdel Rahman Bakhit.