Sudan to Re-open Border Crossing Points with Chad and South Sudan

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The Ministry of International Trade revealed on arrangements before the opening of the border crossing points with the South Sudan and Chad in the coming period.

Speaking to SMC, the State Minister of International Trade Abu al-Bishr Abdel-Rahman said that a delegation from the Ministry  will visit a number of border states including North and West Darfur and the White Nile next month to sign agreements with the neighboring countries to activate border trade and cooperation to curb smuggling.

He added, the ministry is seeking to activate the border trade for the implementation of national dialogue outcomes.

He called to formulate a unified vision with neighboring countries to facilitate economic movement.

In July Sudan transport minister and South Sudan presidential adviser on security affairs agreed to open four border crossing points between the two countries.

The agreement was announced by the two officials following a meeting held in Khartoum to discuss the implementation of directives of President Omer al-Bashir to open border with South Sudan after the signing of Khartoum Declaration of Agreement on 27 June.

In September 2012, both Sudan and South Sudan signed a series of cooperation agreements, which covered oil, citizenship rights, security issues, banking, border trade among others.

Last April, the Sudanese-Chadian border development conference was held in West Darfur State capital, El-Geniena.

The two-day conference discussed a number of papers covering the economy, security, trade, social, cultural, media and sports cooperation between the two sides.

During which Sudan and Chad had agreed to establish a free-trade zone inside the Chadian territory in parallel to the free zone in El-Geniena.

In June Sudan and Chad had agreed to enhance security cooperation and promote economic, social and political relations on the joint border area.

In January 2010, Sudan and Chad signed a normalization agreement ending a long history of mutual hostility in which both sides provided support to each other’s insurgents.