Kiir returns home after visit to Khartoum
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir returned to Juba on Thursday evening, after a two-day official visit to Sudan, during which the two countries pledged to strengthen bilateral relations and signed several MoUs to enhance cooperation.
Speaking to reporters at Juba Airport upon arrival, Michael Makuei Lueth, Minister of Information described Kiir’s visit to Khartoum as “successful”.
He further said President Kiir held a series of meetings with his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir on reactivation of the 2012 cooperation agreements, adding that a number of Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) were signed between the two countries.
“The visit of the president encompasses a lot of issues. It was a comprehensive visit where the two heads of state committed themselves to work together for the overall interest of the people of South Sudan and Sudan,” said Makuei.
“The mission of the president was successful, so what is left is the implementation of this agreement. The negotiations also concentrated on the security situation, political situation, economic situation and the social aspect of it as well and humanitarian,” he added.
Makuei, who is also the government spokesman, pointed out that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the Joint Political and Security Mechanism (JPSM) on the establishment of corridors within one month along the common borders.
“The issues of customs and immigration offices will be established in those crossing points so that whoever is going and coming must pass through those points,” Makuei said.
He further said an agreement has also been reached on the issue of pensions for South Sudanese workers who found difficulties getting their money in Sudan.