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JUBA - 22 Oct 2013

Deal signed at summit to ease visa requirements

Sudan and South Sudan today signed a deal to ease official travel between the two countries for holders of certain passports.

Foreign ministers of the two countries signed the agreement in the presence of the two presidents and ministers of both sides.

“Today the two presidents in their summit agreed that [entry] visas for official and business and special passports should be abolished,” said Abdoun Agou, the Secretary-General of the Government of South Sudan.

“And now you have seen the signature, and this is actually the beginning of a new era in relations between the the Republic of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan,” he added.

In a joint communiqué issued at the meeting the measure was justified as part of the plans to ease movement of peoples of the two countires.

Photo: Foreign Ministers Ali Karti and Benjamin Marial sign the visa deal, 22 Oct. 2013 (Radio Tamazuj)