President tells authorities to "take all measures" to open frontier for the first time since the South's 2011 secession.

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has ordered the opening of his country's border with South Sudan for the first time since the south seceded in 2011 to become an independent nation.

Relations have been tense between the two countries since the south declared independence following a long civil war, taking with it three-quarters of the country's oil.

Sudan's SUNA state news agency said late on Wednesday that al-Bashir issued a decree ordering the opening of the border and directed "the relevant authorities to take all measures required to implement this decision on the ground".


he move comes after South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Monday ordered his country's military to retreat 5km from the border.

He then went on to announce a normalisation of relations between the two neighbours on Tuesday, in response to al-Bashir agreeing to cut transit fees for South Sudanese oil crossing its territory via a pipeline to the Red Sea last week.

The decision to close the border in 2011 came shortly after the start of an uprising in Sudan's South Kordofan state by the Sudan People's Liberation Movement North. 

The two states, which accuse each other of backing armed rebellions against their respective governments, decided in November to revive the demilitarised zone which is on the border and had been agreed upon in 2012.

Addis Ababa, Jan. 19 (SUNA) - The Council of Peace and Security of the African Union heard in its sitting Wednesday a report of the AU High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and South Sudan, which was presented by the mechanism's chairman, Thabo Mbeki, on the issues of the national dialogue, Darfur and the two areas of the Blue Nile and South Kordofan and Abyei.

In a press statement, Sudan Charge d'Affaires to Addis Ababa, Ambassador Hamza Omer, said that no progress has been achieved concerning the situation in Abyei area, indicating that the report has called on the two parties to exert more efforts for reaching a breakthrough.
He said that the mechanism's report has referred to the positive spirit and optimism over the formal and informal negotiations between Sudan government and the People's and Darfur movement.
Hamza said that he presented Sudan statement on the relations between Sudan and South Sudan State, indicating that the unjustifiable delay in convocation of meetings of the joint political and security has hampered work of all the committees that are concerned with the monitoring of the joint border.
He affirmed the importance of implementing the agreed upon security arrangements, including support and shelter of Sudanese opposition elements inside South Sudan territories.
He stressed the importance of cooperation to begin the demarcation of the border on the ground.


Khartoum, Jan. 11 (SUNA)- The newly-appointed Minister of the Presidency Affairs, Dr. Fadul Abdalla Fadul, Minister of Guidance and Endowments, Ammar Mirghani Mohamed and State Minister at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Dr. Hussein Mohamed Hamdi were sworn in before the President of the Republic at the Republican Palace, in presence of the Chief Justice, Haidar Ahmed Dafaalla.
In a press statement after taking oath, Dr. Hussein Mohamed Hamdi said that their assignment came when the country is witnessing a great political represented in the national dialogue.
He said that he will do his best to help solving the issues of the youths.
The Minister of Guidance and Endowments, Ammar Mirghani, has underscored the importance of combating thought and religious extremism, indicating that the guidance issue covers all walks of life.

Khartoum, Jan. 12 (SUNA)- Assistant of the President of the Republic, Musa Mohamed Ahmed, affirmed that the document that will be issued by the six national dialogue committees will be regarded as an executive action program which is agreed upon by all parties.
Musa met Tuesday with the Secretary General of the National Dialogue, Prof. Hashim Ali Salim, and appreciated the efforts of the Secretariat General for making a success the national dialogue.
He regarded the national dialogue as the sole means for solving Sudan issues.
Musa hoped that the parties rejecting the dialogue and gun-holders will change their position and participate in the dialogue in the coming stage.

Khartoum, Jan.7 (SUNA) - President of the Republic, Field Marshal, Omer Al-Basher held Thursday a series of meetings with those who joined the Comprehensive National Dialogue recently including the Darfur armed movements the political activist in diaspora in addition to the delegation of the sons of Nuba Mountains led by Azrag Zakariya .
SUNA indicates that the meetings which were held , at the Guest House, last midnight, came in the context of the Comprehensive National Dialogue to affirm President Al-Basher's keenness to make a success the dialogue .
The Political Secretary of the National Congress Party, Hammed Mumtaz said in press statements that the NC works for reaching a consensus over the comprehensive National Dialogue Project to include all the people of Sudan .
He affirmed the NC seriousness to work out radical solutions to all the problems facing the country via the axis presented by the President of the Republic and the delegations exchanged viewpoints on the Dialogue .
The NC official has pointed out that President Al-Basher , during the meeting, has renewed the government's commitment to implement the recommendations of the Dialogue .
Mumtaz has stressed that President Al-Basher has renewed the all for those who rejected the Dialogue including the People's Movement (North Sector) to join the Dialogue and present their views .

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