South Sudan’s FM in Khartoum for bilateral talks

South Sudanese Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin (L) meets with Sudanese counterpart Ibrahim Ghandour (R) for talks under mediation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia, September 10, 2015. Russia hopes talks between Sudan and South Sudan foreign ministers scheduled to take place in Moscow on Thursday (September 10) will be fruitful, the Lavrov said on Wednesday (September 09) during a meeting with his South Sudanese counterpart. "We hope that the upcoming talks with Sudan's foreign minister Ghandour tomorrow in Moscow will be useful and productive," Lavrov said. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

(KHARTOUM) – South Sudan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Barnaba Marial Benjamin Thursday arrived Khartoum on a four-day visit.

Benjamin who co-chairs with Sudanese counterpart a coordination mechanism on the implementation of bilateral agreements will discuss with Sudanese officials the cooperation agreement and other matters of concern.

Sudanese Foreign Minister, Ibrahim Ghandour said the visiting minister will participate in the festivities of Sudan’s Independence. Also, he confirmed that they will hold a two-day meeting on Sunday to discuss bilateral issues .

“The participation of the South Sudan foreign minister Thursday in the country’s Independence Day celebrations, emphasizes the depth of brotherly relations between the two countries,” Ghandour said.

He added that Sudan looks forward to establish strong relations with the new nation, pointing to the historical ties between the two parties of the former Sudan.

The two countries signed a Cooperation Agreement in September 2012, dealing with settlement of the pending issues after the secession of South Sudan.

However, Khartoum complains of the slow pace of implementation of cooperation protocols. Sudanese officials point to the security agreement which provides to deploy a joint border force, saying Juba withdrew its units few weeks after the deployment of the UN supported monitoring teams.

Observers note only the agreement on export of South Sudan’s oil through Port Sudan Port was implemented.

The Moscow declaration stresses the need to speed up the implementation of September 2012 agreements , that also include agreements on border trade, banking , salaries and pensions.

A diplomatic source told Sudan Tribune that Benjamin would discuss the implementation of the peace agreement signed last August by President Salva Kiir and his former Vice-President, rebel leader Riek Machar.

Source- Sudan Tribune

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